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Lessons From A Dysfunctional Marriage (Part B)

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Continued from the previous post

So far, Jacob’s love for his wife, Rachel demonstrates to us that love can exist even in a dysfunctional marriage. This man did some unexpected things for his wife.

Application for husbands:

Husbands, love your wives.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, – Ephesians 5:25

 

You can love your wife even when she is complicated to deal with. Rachel was not easy to love. She seemed to want everything and then some; never content.

Your wife is designed and wired to receive your love. She has that as a basic need. Love is not an emotion, but an act of the will. You must be captivated by something deeper than just the physical attributes of your wife – something about her character, inner beauty and the decision you made to love her – that is how Christ loves the church. He valued us to the extent that He was willing to die for our sake – and He did! Your love will lead you to treat your wife as something valuable and precious to you. Your love will direct you to invest in and pay a price for her.

How much are you willing to spend on her?

How much time are you willing to spend with her?

Jacob’s love for Rachel was so patient that it didn’t consider her complexity

One would think that Rachel was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside, but that is far from true. She is not the best example of a wife. In addition to being a thief and a liar , she was an envious woman. Rachel had everything that a woman would want – great physical appearance, married from wealth into wealth, and husband’s love. Can you imagine, the man wept for her, but she was never satisfied. She had what her sister didn’t have and she wanted what her sister had. Greed!

 

Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!” – Genesis 30:1

A spirit of discontentment can lead one to live a miserable life – always grumbling and complaining. So, to fulfill her own desires, on two occasions she gave Bilhah, her maid, to Jacob to have children with. She named the second son Naphtali because she wrestled with Leah.

3 So she said, “Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, and she will bear a child on my knees, that I also may have children by her.” 4 Then she gave him Bilhah her maid as wife, and Jacob went in to her. 5 And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son. 6 Then Rachel said, “God has judged my case; and He has also heard my voice and given me a son.” Therefore she called his name Dan. 7 And Rachel’s maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. 8 Then Rachel said, “With great wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and indeed I have prevailed.” So she called his name Naphtali. – Genesis 30:3-8

Contentious woman?

 

Rachel wants even what Leah’s 4-year-old child had collected. When Leah questions her behavior, Rachel puts a ‘payment’ on it. She was aware that Leah was empty of her husband’s love.

14 Now Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”

15 But she said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes also?”

And Rachel said, “Therefore he will lie with you tonight for your son’s mandrakes.” – Genesis 30:14-15

Calculating and conniving woman?

Eventually, Rachel conceives and bears a son. She names her first son Joseph, which means God will add me another (Genesis 30:24). One would think she would be so grateful that her problems would cease.

Discontentment is a spirit

The spirit of discontentment can cut short one’s life. It led to Rachel’s death when she was bearing a second son. She was so dissatisfied that she wanted even what her father had. Remember we mentioned earlier that Rachel stole from her father (without Jacob’s knowledge). The idols she stole were the equivalent of the title deeds of the possessions of Laban. As they left Laban’s home he pursued them to recover his idols and this offended Jacob, who unknowingly placed a curse on his wife, saying, “With whomever you find your gods, do not let him live” . (Genesis 31:33-35).

Discontentment or dissatisfaction is an issue of the heart. It has nothing to do with what you have or don’t have in your life. Believe it or not, contentment is not about the amount of money you have in the bank or how educated you are or how many children you have.

How is your contentment level as a wife?

Are you a satisfied woman?

Are you always murmuring and complaining?

 

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, – Philippians 2:14

 

After their release from bondage, the children of Israel allowed the spirit of discontentment to creep in among them. They complained.

 

That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. 2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” – Numbers 14:1-3

Are you always comparing yourself with others and have to always be #1?

This is a killer of most marriages today: competing with others and comparing yourself with them.

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. – 1Timothy 6:6

 

May God bless your heart so that you will be content and save your marriage.

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Lessons From A Dysfunctional Marriage (Part A)

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Soap operas can be interesting and a little far-fetched, too. When I was younger, I enjoyed watching them but as I got older, wiser and busier, they’re no longer my cup of tea. Nevertheless, I still get a good share of them from the Bible. The story of Jacob and Rachel Genesis 29:1-12 is one of such soaps.

The story of Jacob, the swindler, who later God changed his name to Israel, spans a whole ten chapters of the book of Genesis. Chapter 27 gives an account of how he received his blessing from his father, Isaac by treachery. Although old and dim sighted, Isaac could tell that something wasn’t right when Jacob presented himself for the blessing; the voice and skin texture didn’t match. Nevertheless, Isaac must have remembered this prophecy:

 

23 And the Lord said to her:

“Two nations are in your womb,
Two peoples shall be separated from your body;
One people shall be stronger than the other,
And the older shall serve the younger.” – Genesis 25:23

 

After usurping his brother, Esau, (Genesis 27:36) to avoid his wrath, Jacob escapes to his maternal uncle, Laban’s home. (This is the same Laban who negotiated Rebekah’s dowry when Eliezar was sent by Abraham to find a wife for Isaac.)

In the East, he arrives by a well where he meets some people; they engage in a conversation and he learns that they knew Laban. They also inform him that the shepherdess who was coming in their direction is Rachel, Laban’s daughter. Jacob tries to get these people to water the sheep and then go feed them, but they say that they’re waiting for everyone else to come so that (in numbers) the stone can be rolled for the flock to be watered. Translation: Man, this stone is too heavy for the few of us – we can’t, so let’s wait for more manpower.

 

Jacob’s love for Rachel was so deep that it could wait

 

Jacob sees Rachel and is instantly love-struck and energized. Not waiting, he rolls the stone all by himself and waters Rachel’s sheep (Genesis 29:10)! Then kisses[i] Rachel, and weeps aloud (Genesis 29:11).

Far from infatuation, Jacob’s love propels him to offer to work (without pay) for 7 years for Rachel’s hand in marriage.

 

20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her. – Genesis 29:11

 

Isn’t it noteworthy that true love CAN wait?

 

Jacob’s love for Rachel was so determined that it could never give up

 

Something bizarre happens and Jacob ends up with the wrong woman.

 

25 So it came to pass in the morning, that behold, it was Leah. And he said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served you? Why then have you deceived me?” – Genesis 29:25

 

The swindler has just been swindled! Unbelievably, Jacob doesn’t throw in the towel. He serves Laban still another seven years for the love of his life (Genesis 29:30b).

 

To what lengths can you go for the woman that you love?

 

Jacob’s love for Rachel was so considerate that it could protect

 

After being married many years, when time came to leave Laban’s and journey back home, Jacob’s love for Rachel can be seen in how he planned the procession. He puts Rachel behind everybody so that should they come in the face of danger, the last shall be saved. He protected her and the sons she bore to him Genesis 33:2.

 

Jacob’s love for Rachel was so patient that it could endure

 

Suffice to mention here that Rachel’s initial struggle with infertility was not an issue for Jacob. He loved her, regardless.

 

Is your wife conscious of your love right now? Does she sense anger, bitterness or coldness from you today or is it love?

 

At 147 years old, Jacob was still talking about Rachel, who had died many years before.

 

7 But as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died beside me in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).” – Genesis 48:7

 

Rachel was not forgotten by Jacob.

 

Continue reading here.

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[i] This kiss is the kind of holy kiss mentioned in 2 Corinthians13:12, Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14 – it is not sexual

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Great Lessons From a Failed Marriage

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David was  a man after God’s own heart, but he’s not what we can call a good example of a husband, seeing as he had a failed marriage. From 1 Samuel 18:17-28 we are told that after the woman he had been promised was given to another man, David married her sister, Michal. This arrangement, as well as the previous one, was made by Saul, Michal’s father – David’s father-in-law.

From the word go, Saul had ill-intentions toward David (that had nothing to do with his daughters) but he devised a way to use his own daughter to try and kill him. It is apparent that he was a selfish in-law and we can learn some lessons here.

3 Lessons to Learn From David and Michal’s Marriage

I. In-laws, when given a chance, can completely destroy a marriage.

Apart from Saul not giving Merab to David as initially promised, he sought to kill him (David). This must have hurt David he had trouble forgiving Saul. Michal, however, had done the right thing – giving priority to her marriage by saving her husband from harm. Yet, David did not separate/set apart Michal from Saul – he imposed the sins of her father on her. It didn’t matter that his wife had no control over the deeds of her father. David should have been able to see Michal as a separate individual from her father.

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24

Marriage never works until a couple, both, leave their parents to cleave to each other. Different strictures come into play because a new completely independent family unit has been created, not added to the existing of either side. The parent-child relationship changes; it does not deteriorate but is adjusted within new bounds. Yet, it doesn’t absolve the couple from certain specific God-given assignments, such as taking care of a widowed mother or an incapacitated parent. Honoring parents is something that will continue to be in play even as the marriage is lived out, but it should not be enslaving. It must be done in agreement and order of priority and not at the expense of your nuclear family. In the same vein, parents are now no longer as responsible as they were over their grown and married children. They cannot run the new home – a margin that David failed to draw.

II. A marriage cannot thrive or succeed without the love of a husband for his wife.

Michal is the first and only woman to be said to love her husband. After risking her life and saving him from death, David abandoned her. For 10 years, he never came back nor send for her to join him. In addition, he married other wives when he was in exile. Don’t you think news must have come back to Michal? I think so. Consequently, she must have been deeply hurt to the point where her love turned to bitterness, anger, and even hatred. Here was a woman who lacked security in her husband’s love.

Meanwhile, David is enjoying victory upon victory. On this instance, he succeeds in bringing the Ark back to Jerusalem. He is overjoyed and returns to bless his household only to be met by Michal Unloved!

“Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul come out to meet David, and said, ‘How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!’” – 2 Samuel 6:20

She is not even concerned about the things of God at this point. She despises David in her heart. She is disturbed about how the maids looked at him. She is jealous and insecure because David is not affectionate toward her.

Earlier, in David’s absentia, she had been married off to Paltiel for several years. All was quiet and peaceful. She was doing well in that house and they loved each other – until David shows up to claim her and Paltiel is devastated. He weeps for her.

“Then her husband went along with her to Bahurim, weeping behind her. So Abner said to him, ‘Go, return!’ And he returned.” – 2 Samuel 3:16

Beware! The wife you don’t value and cherish could thrive in another man’s house where there is love.

The bitterness in Michal had eroded her love for God. She develops a demeaning attitude toward her husband. She is more concerned with how the royal family looks before men rather than before God. Accordingly, out of the abundance of her heart, Michal speaks and snuffs out the life of her future.

If you are single, be careful how you worship. Make sure your spouse-to-be loves God and worships as you do. Otherwise, you will have problems.

Do you love your wife? Can she say yes if we asked her that question in public?

III. Every man wants to be celebrated at home.

When Michal spoke with sarcasm against David’s worship, he responded thus:

“And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.” – 2 Samuel 6:22

David acknowledged the celebration, honor, respect and admiration of maids (commoners) rather than the dishonor and bashing from a queen!

This dishonor severed and separated the two and they never enjoyed intimacy again until she died. This is implied in 2 Samuel 6:23.

David is showered with celebration everywhere except in his own home.

Do you celebrate your husband?

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The Next Step

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About two months ago, I convinced my family that we needed to take a four hour trip to Branson Missouri to check out a great show on the life of Joseph. With great anticipation for the evening scenery of Branson, we loaded some few items in the car, positioned our GPS on the dashboard and started out on this trip.

After driving through several roads that we are well familiar with from our previous travels, the GPS became adventurous. It led us onto a road that we had never used before and in just a few minutes on this back road lined with trees, the GPS announced that we had arrived at our destination. Are you kidding me, this is in the middle of nowhere, not our much anticipated hotel. This did not look like the hotel we saw in the pictures online.

This reminded me of our Christian life. This life is a journey. The fact that we are in a race is repeated many times in the word. We tell ourselves that we have arrived when we, in fact, are at a different location. We are probably in the woods but our friends and minds tell us that we have attained or arrived at the destination. This life is a journey and we need to have a clear picture of the destination so that we will know we are there when we get there. If we get there, we will know it. Do you have a clear picture if where your Christian life is headed?

The greatest hindrance to our growth and greatness is the illusion that we have arrived, when we are still lost or a long way away. Have you stopped growing spiritually? Have you found yourself bored with your life without progress? This may be because you think you have arrived. Paul said it the best way in Phil 3:12-13

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.

Do not consider yourself to have arrived.  V12.
Apostle Paul was one of the greatest men in the faith to walk on the face of the earth. He had seen and heard the voice of Jesus. He had been used by God to perform many miracles and healing. He had reached more people and nations than we are reaching today with our technology. He wrote most of the new testament but he says that he has not arrived. If this is what this man of God says, what should we be telling ourselves? I have not arrived! I need to keep moving. I need to keep running. I need to keep taking step. I need to take the NEXT step now.

Write down what your next step is in your faith journey.
Is it giving your life to Christ? Is it baptism? Is it start attending a church regularly? Whatever it is, write it down.

Take the step. Press on. Just do it. V 12
For example, if your next step is to be baptized, take progressive actions like registering for baptism, email or call the church office for the dates of the next baptism day etc. If you can make one giant step, divide it into mini-step so that daily, you can do something to move forward.

Keep you mind on the goal. Do not stop until you see Him, Christ, who is our goal.
What is your next step today? Take it!

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Crazy Love

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The first time you fell in love everything in your life seemed to change. You acted crazy and were unstoppable. Isn’t that just how our lives ought to change, if we truly fall in love with the Lord? This experience is life-transforming.

Total surrender to God brings you total contentment – in this life and the one to come. Crazy Love is not about working harder, but recognizing who God is, discovering how “crazy” His love for us is, in addition to falling in love with Him. For the reason that you’re head over heels in love with Him, everything in your life changes.

Being wildly in love with God makes us realize that life is all about Him – not about us in any way. Having the God-experience is the greatest thing any human being can have on this earth and ultimately in heaven. Do you go about life with the verity that possibly today you will go to meet your Maker? If we live with God’s single-most goal for us – Himself- then we’ll be prepared when that time comes.

The parable of The Farmer Scattering Seed is not foreign to many churchgoers, yet most have fallen in the dangerous trap of assuming that “I am good soil”. However, if truth be told, we have thorns that stifle any seed that is in us. We have no idols, we say. But how crazy in love with God can you be when the pursuit of money, pleasure of sin, wild love for some sport, busyness of activities and other commitments are heaped right on top of this relationship?

All or nothing; no partials and no leftovers – this is the relationship God wants from us. This may be uncomfortable but where is it written that He has called us to be comfortable? As difficult as it may appear, He wants us to trust Him with complete abandon. God wants us to put our trust solely in Him, so much so that our lives cease to look anything like that of unbelievers. God wants us to trust Him because He is true regardless of our situations or their outcome.

When we are crazy in love with God, we will be more concerned about the Kingdom. We will be doing things to make His name, rather than our own, be known. Actions like helping the poor and giving will stem out of this love for God. Devote to live every day as if it is your last before you come face to face with Jesus.

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Does Your Tongue Need Healing?

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Does Your Tongue Need Healing? by Derek Prince is one of the books for this month and from people’s reactions, I could tell that Heb. 4:12 is about to have a new and personal meaning in many lives!

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to the dividing of the soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

We may look all neat and polished but when the word of God hits us we cannot deny it’s power. So you don’t curse and honestly you think you’re very polite. This book will help you understand that that’s not all there is in this race. It is about death or life. What you feed on settles in your heart and it will, at some point be expressed. The tongue will easily do this for you. Have you ever had one of those ‘oops moments’? That awkward moment when you say (out loud) what you really think (in the presence of a number of people). Yes! Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks and you cannot speak without your tongue.

I am so eager to find out what my problem is and the steps to take toward my healing. Won’t you join me? Sign up for the Read To Grow (R2G) program at the BCC NEXT Resource Center and let us take the next step in Christ.

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Bring Goliath Down! The Principles

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The story in 1 Samuel 17 is very interesting. For 40 days, everyday; morning and afternoon, Goliath came out to intimidate them but no one in the Israelite army came up to challenge him.

David had been anointed already but he wasn’t yet in the army – he was still tending sheep. When he took food to his brothers, he spotted opportunity.

“Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” 1 Samuel 17:32 NLT

And of course you know that the Lord did deliver David.

Though Goliath is dead, his brothers are still alive coming to intimidate us to inactivity and we must call them out by name. What is it that has been taunting you? You must call it out by name!

Principles David used to bring Goliath down

You will win over the issues affecting you life negatively by following these principles that David used.

1. Faithfulness in the little tasks. 1 Samuel 17:17. Even though he was anointed to be king when he was sent on menial errands, he was faithful to go.

Can you be counted on to do the little tasks of life? Can you be trusted to do the small duties in the church?

David knew that faithfulness is never in vain. 1 Samuel 17:26-28.

Did you know that there is a reward for you for being faithful to your call? Did you know that there is a reward for you for conquering sin and addiction in your life?

2. David won the fight against Goliath when he took the first step toward the giant. Your victory in bringing down that sin or that taunting issue is in your taking the first step. You will never win a fight that you have not started.

Be faithful to your tasks in Christ and you will bring defeat sin and all the troublesome issues in your life. In addition to the victory, you will be rewarded.

God bless you!

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Tither’s Blessing

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Hi BCC,
I trust that you are well and enjoying the journey God is taking us. Financial freedom is one of the blessings for the Believer. As God continues to unfold this truth to us and we continue to do our part, I want to speak the blessing of God into your life. As a tither, you have the key to unlock your financial freedom. You are blessed!

On the authority of God’s infallible word – I proclaim over you as a tithing Christian – the blessings of our faithful and loving heavenly Father. As a tither you are not limited to the ups and downs of the economy of this world system.

The scriptures declare that we are the seed of Abraham and that the blessings of Abraham upon us set us apart and make us to prosper in all situations, favorable and unfavorable.

The heavens are open over this church and over this congregation, therefore I speak this blessing.

• I call forth jobs for the unemployed – meaningful jobs with good pay and benefits.

• Things that have been held up in the courts such as your inheritance, godly settlements and other legal matters, be settled in Jesus Name so you may have what is rightfully yours without and further delay.

• Those who earn your living as entrepreneurs or those who work in sales and commissions, I speak God’s favor to be upon you so that deals and opportunities to excel, come your way.

• I call forth raises and bonuses to those who need them.

• I speak that you find money unexpectedly and that unexpected checks come in the mail right out of nowhere as a gift from heaven just for you.

• I speak the word “INCREASE” over to you – I speak abundance to overtake you – such abundance that you miraculously come out of debt so that the stress of those debts will release your minds and God’s peace will return to you quickly.

• I now release God’s angels to go forth and minister for you and yours – this is your covenant blessing.

Now that you have given may your heart be filled with worship and faith.
I BLESS YOU IN JESUS NAME. Amen

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Some Wrong & Right Mentalities of Giving in the House of God

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I have a question for you. Might you be one of those people who wonder why you keep giving yet you don’t receive the blessings that are said to be associated with giving? I will attempt to help you answer that question by addressing 2 major wrong mentalities of giving in the House of God.
1. Meeting needs
We all chip in to meet a need or pay bills in the church house. This is blasphemy! God is the El Shaddai. He owns all. He is all sufficient.
2. Duty
Giving as a sense of duty. When we give we shouldn’t be just going through the motions. We are encouraged to give generously and willingly; not reluctantly or under compulsion.

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. 6 So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. 7 But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. – 2 Corinthians 8:1-7

7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7

According to Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Shouldn’t we be glad then that we have been given this privilege of handling everything and then giving back just a portion of all?
Remember Achan? Achan was an Israelite who fought the battle of Jericho with Joshua. In Joshua chapter 6, God had commanded the Israelites, upon conquering Jericho, to destroy the entire city because of its great sin. Only Rahab the prostitute and her household were spared because she had hidden the Israelite spies.
17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the LORD. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. – Joshua 6:17

Any time the Israelites fought and conquered the first city they were instructed to burn everything to the ground. This is the principle of tithing which is shown throughout scripture. The other cities were theirs to take. Therefore the Israelites had specific instructions not to take any spoils from Jericho; everything in the city of Jericho was “accursed” or “devoted to destruction.” God warned that anyone taking spoils from Jericho would “make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it”

18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury.” – Joshua 6:18-19

Achan did not heed to the Lord’s instruction. He stole a beautiful robe and some gold and silver ( that was for the Lord’s treasury) and hid these things in his tent. Achan did not only disobey God but he did steal from Him as well! The precious metals were to be added to the treasury of the Lord, and, in stealing them, Achan robbed God directly. This was a sin against the Lord defiling Achan as well as other members of the community. Achan’s sin caused God’s blessing upon Israel to be withheld in their subsequent battle against the city of Ai and about thirty-six innocent men died because of Achan’s sin. (Ref. Joshua 7:4-5). We fool ourselves if we think that our sin affects only us. Disobedience brings ruin even upon the innocent. Sin’s effects go beyond the initial sinner. You can read the ramifications and how this was dealt with in Joshua chapter 7.

Right Reasons To Tithe
1. The Word of God teaches us to tithe therefore we tithe in obedience to it.
Leviticus 27:30
Matthew 23:23
Malachi 3:10
2. God owns everything therefore we give back a portion of it as proof of His ownership
3. It is an expression of thanks and the devourer/ waster is rebuked
4. We tithe so that we can leave a blessed legacy for our children
5. We tithe so as to honor God and keep the blessings of God flowing into our lives
6. We tithe so that there is a continuous availability of resources to minister to souls and bring them into the kingdom. This way God can trace is back to our giving.

God bless you as you obey His Word.

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Thanksgiving as Thanks Living

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I trust that you’re having a blessed week so far. Thanksgiving week is here already and I just want to share a brief message. I will draw your attention to the scriptures where Jesus heals ten men with leprosy.

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Luke 17:11-19 NIV

In the midst of affliction, men turn to God. When people are in need of a miracle they turn to God and often times people group themselves together with others who have the same problems or those that are the same predicament. In the scripture, we see a group of ten men who need the same miracle of healing.

The compassions of Christ never fail. Christ hears the prayers or the cry of a sinner as long as faith is involved. When we are in trouble we look for God to meet us with mercy and we engage our faith because we are desperate enough to understand that faith is a requirement for the miracle to take place. Here, the ten men have enough faith to call on Jesus in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” They must have known that faith was a requirement for the healing of leprosy to occur.

Jesus hears their cry and tells them: “Go show yourselves to the  priests.” (The priest had a responsibility to check that the leper is healed and to confirm that the miracle had indeed occurred). God has no problem giving us a miracle and He has given us plenty but how many of us come back to the House of God to testify? “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” (Luke 17:17) God knows exactly how many people He has given miracles.

Gratitude is an act of the genuinely humble heart. Unexpressed gratitude is ingratitude. God has been good to me, I owe Him thanks. Humility makes one realize that:

There is a God and He is above all
We have fallen short of the glory of God
He sent a Savior for us
Pride never appreciates the above. It is the humble heart that gives thanks. I urge you to develop an attitude of living thankfully to God all year long. Let your life be a life of thanks living.

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