The Fire of God will cost you

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1 Chronicles 21

“…No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the Lord, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing.” – 1 Chronicles 21:24

David was offered an alternative. To sacrifice to the Lord burnt offerings without paying the price.

But David knew God’s heart. He knew God wouldn’t be attracted to that sacrifice which didn’t require a payment on David’s part.

The value of an item is often determined by how much another person is willing to pay for it.

If that’s the case, Aren’t we saying we don’t value God that much when we aren’t willing to pay the price of consecration, time spent in the secret place or meditating on His word to get closer to His heart and know Him?

Jesus told the Canaanite woman He came to the children of Israel first. She persisted and received her healing.

We are often discouraged and give up at the slightest hint of resistance. But beloved if you want the fire of God, you will have to push through discouragement, disappointment, failure & delay, until you are consumed by Him and nothing else matters anymore.

“It’s the glory of God to conceal a matter. But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” – Proverbs 25:2

God is delighted when we diligently seek Him. When we are willing to do whatever it takes to climb that steep hill of His presence, to walk that narrow road to see His glory.

“So David gave Ornan six hundred shekels of gold by weight for the place. And David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called on the Lord, and He answered him from heaven by fire on the altar of burnt offering.” – 1 Chronicles 21:25-26

The Fire will come, but the question is: are you willing to pay the price? Is intimacy and closeness with God worth to you more than entertainment, relationships, comfort, complacency, and the fleeting pleasures of sin? Are you willing to lay those competing idols at the altar?

The Fire will come and when it does, you will be burning for Him. Your amber will glow so brightly it will draw others out of darkness. Your warmth will melt the coldness of religion and tradition off of people and usher them into the hot and passionate place of relationship and intimacy with the Father. Your light will be evident for all to see and as a lighthouse directs a ship to the shore, you will direct lost souls towards the savior.

Jesus, I will not come to your presence with my 2nd best or 3rd best. Lord, I will come to you with all that I have. My desire is to be consumed by a passion for your glory and kingdom. Every other god is an idol that cannot save, cannot heal. There is one true living God. His name is Jesus. Set me ablaze today Lord. Whatever it takes, I am willing to pay the price to be closer to you. There’s no place I’d rather be than to be hidden under your wings. My single obsession in life is to know you and make you known. Here I am Lord. Won’t you send your fire down today. Thank you Jesus!

Are you hungry for God?

 
Imagine a deer who is out in the scorching sun, wandering looking for a shade and a drip of water in the summer.

Now, feel the palpitation and throbbing heart of that same doe in her all consuming thirst for the water brooks. 

Imagine the soldier and his wife who have been apart during his deployment. Their souls longing to be united and their thoughts occupied with each other.

Now, picture the glorious homecoming and the elated lover fainting at the sight of her knight in shining armor. Heart and flesh crying out with overwhelming love and passion.

Imagine your 8 year old self on Christmas Eve. Your tiny frame possessed by excitement and anticipation for the opening of your gift the next day. Your bed is no longer a place of rest and solace, but rather a temporary holding ground to contain your restless energy. Sleep is impossible and improbable.

Apart from the contemporary references that I added, thats how David described his all consuming, passionate obsession and fixture with his creator, lover, King & God!

Psalms 42:1-3, Psalms 84:1-2, Psalms 132:3-5

Are you hungry for God? 

Have you tasted enough of his goodness to want to have more? “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” 

Do you desire to fellowship with the Holy Spirit? “Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.”

Are your waking up and laying down marked with praising Him?  “From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord’s name is to be praised.

“Come, all you who are thirsty,   

 come to the waters;

and you who have no money,

    come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

    without money and without cost.

Why spend money on what is not bread,

    and your labor on what does not satisfy?

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,

    and you will delight in the richest of fare.”

Come and drink from the living water. Come all you who are weary and heavy laden, he will give you rest. Come and let the Holy Spirit take residence in you.Come and let him fill you with divine peace, joy and light. Come to Jesus. 

Are you hungry for God?

I see Injustice. What should I do?

It’s the classic question that all of us have to answer. The wisest man to walk the earth , King Solomon, uttered these words and they still ring true thousands of years later.

“What has been will be again,

what has been done will be done again;

there is nothing new under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9

Injustice has been happening since the creation of the world. The first murder happened because of Jealousy( Cain & Abel) in Genesis 4. We see The first documented case of racism , discrimination & Gods judgement ( Moses, his Ethiopian wife , Miriam & Aaron) in Numbers 12. So Injustice is not new. It’s as ancient as the Bible.

How do you deal with Injustice? Do you speak if you have nothing to lose but keep silent when your own well being is at stake? Do you quietly pray but take no action? Maybe God would send a brave soul to speak up or do something but not you, right?

Let us look at 3 people and what they did when they saw injustice.


Exhibit A: Moses tells pharaoh to Let His people Go!


….Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; 10 come, let us deal shrewdly with them,11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens…. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. 13 So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. 14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage—in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.” – Exodus 1: 8-14( NKJV)

The Egyptians were afraid the growing foreigner population in Egypt, namely the Israelites. So they set out taskmasters over them to crush their spirits, mind & body through cruel and labor intensive work. They oppressed them and built their wealth on their backs. The Israelite looked unto God and God relented.

God tells Moses I am going to send you as my spokesman to stand before pharaoh(King & god of Egypt) and tell him to “Let my people go!”

Moses naturally felt unqualified, wanted to cop out but God had picked him. With the assurance that God will go with him, he took a step of faith and confronted pharaoh. After many plagues, miracles and debacles the Israelites are FREE!

Result: God stayed true to His word and Moses led over 1 Million slaves out of Egypt. Miracle you say? Miracle, indeed!



Exhibit B: Queen Esther Saves Her People by risking her life



The poor orphan, Esther, who was raised by her older cousin Mordecai was beautiful! One day King Xerxes summons his wife, but she refuses to come. Inebriated and under the influence the Kings Pride was hurt. He counseled his lawyers and her fate was sealed. She was to be made an example of and executed for disrespecting the king.

After a while loneliness got the best of the King and he started looking for a new wife. Who else but the godly, gracious and beautiful Esther? The search commenced throughout the kingdom, but there was no one like Esther.So, Esther becomes the Queen.

During Esther’s reign as Queen a plot was brewing to destroy the whole race of Jews. This came from someone high up in the Kingdom. But Esther was safe because didn’t tell anyone she was a Jew.

She faced two choices

1- She could go to the King uninvited and try to avert the plot. We know what happened to the last Queen who disrespected the King. What if the same thing happens to Esther? Bold but very risky move.
2- She is in the palace. She is the Queen and no one knows she is a Jew. She is safe. 1 Jew alive is better than no Jew alive, right? She will pray for them but what’s the point of trying to do the impossible? She should just mind her own business.

Result: After a stern warning from her guardian, Mordecai, Esther asks for prayer but does the right thing. With a meticulous plan the plot was averted, the culprit shamed, the Jews saved and her Cousin & Guardian Mordecai promoted.



Exhibit C: God punishes Miriam by leprosy for looking down on Moses’s Ethiopian Wife.



Moses was a Jew. His wife was not. His wife was Ethiopian. Ethiopians are dark skinned. Jews are not. When Moses married an Ethiopian, his siblings Aaron and Miriam, who were a priest and a prophetess respectively , spoke against Moses.

God didn’t like that. He summoned all three. With Miriam being the instigator, Aaron and Miriam thought since God has spoken to Miriam and Aaron , they felt they felt they were in a position to speak against Moses.
They must have said: “Who is he to think he can marry an Ethiopian?”

God told them, I have spoken to you through parables but I speak with my servant Moses face to face.

I can imagine God saying “How dare you speak against him? How dare you open your self-righteous,I-am-so-important-and-I-am-better-because-of-how-I-look-ignorant-mouth and speak against my Ethiopian daughter? She is also my beautiful daughter. Is your skin color the source of your pride Miriam? I’ll give you something to be proud about! You are going to be a leper(A chronic, curable infectious disease mainly causing skin lesions and nerve damage).

Result: “So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. 10 And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. ” – Numbers 12:9-10



Conclusion:

I think the evidence is clear. As the above exhibits indicate, God is just and he always does what is right. What would he have us do? Do the right thing!
It is often an inconvenience to speak up for the oppressed, the poor, the powerless, the mistreated, the not so well connected, the underprivileged and the marginalized of society.What would i do? I know what I would do. What would you do? I’ll let God’s word be the Judge.

“He who gives to the poor will not lack,

But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.” – Proverbs 28:27

The Joy of His Presence

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“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with Joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” – Psalms 16:11

Some people can’t wait to be at a football game. They anticipate it and get excited thinking about it, they are exhilarated and ecstatic at the moment and they look back and cherish the memories and get excited again!

To others it might be a TV show, a concert, a family reunion, a trip across the world, a reunion with friends or a party. I don’t know about you, but I know what excites me the most. It’s none of those things.

“One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.” – Psalms 27:4

When I think about being in His presence I get excited thinking about it, the amount of Joy that I have when I am in his presence is out of this world! ( Well Duh, it’s heavenly :)) and as I reminisce of all the times where I traded my sorrows for joy, where I came with a heavy heart and the Lord made me forget all my troubles I start to sing:

“My heart rejoices in the Lord;

In the Lord my horn is lifted high.

My mouth boasts over my enemies,

for I delight in your deliverance.

There is no one holy like the Lord;

There is no one besides you;

There is no rock like our God.” – 1 Samuel 2:2-3

Beloved every other God is an Idol. If it takes priority or comes first place before God, it’s an idol. sports, family, education, money, career, relationship, people, ministry, popularity — idol. There is one true God and his name is Jesus. He doesn’t want to just be your savior. He wants to be your Lord and Savior. He doesn’t want to give you a part of Himself, but he wants to dwell in you and live in you. And as we willingly submit our wills, desires and affections to him, he fills us with Joy in His presence.

Just as He did for my King, he will do for you as well. Come and taste the goodness of the Lord. Come and bask in the Shekinah Glory of God. There is fullness of Joy in His presence 🙂

“You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” – Psalms 45: 7

Lord Jesus, I thank you that you are a God of Joy! Lord you desire to fellowship with me your child and to share the Joy and fellowship you have with the Father and your Holy Spirit. Lord I am laying down all my idols and coming before you desperate, saying I need you God! Teach me to desire your presence more than anything else. Draw me to you and I will respond. Remove any thing that has exalted itself above you in my life in Jesus’ Name! Thank you papa! Amen!

Dear Mrs. Solomon(My Vow)

  
Dear Mrs. Solomon

Prayers do get answered, because we are finally here!

We exchange vows to love, honor & respect, each other. To listen, communicate & encourage. To pray to Him together, study His word & be quiet in His presence. To esteem one another as better, to use our words not as weapons but to sing to each other as though we were exchanging love letters.

I remember when I first made a vow.

I made a vow to not look at a woman lustfully. 

I read that there was a man that God was so sure of His ways that he told that accursed accuser, “Have you seen my servant?” I knew I was not that man. I wanted to honor God with my eyes, but I realized I had never made a vow like that servant of God. So with a bit of courage and utter helplessness I asked the Holy Spirit to help my unbelief. with the iota of faith I had, I made a vow before Him that I wouldn’t intentionally look at a woman lustfully.

That wasn’t my first vow though. 

I remember when I made a vow to wait.

I made a vow to wait for you my queen, and not give my manhood to a prostitute. I reasoned, I would rather love my queen a thousand ways than be in love with a thousand concubines. I know, I am careful to listen to the instructions of my physician when he prescribes my medicine. I figured, I should also listen to the architect of marriage, God, when it comes to love and how enjoy the firey passion without getting burnt!

I wouldn’t have made that vow, if I didn’t make an earlier vow still. 

I remember when I made a vow to make Him Lord & Savior of my life. I had known his word and sang the songs but at some point I strayed away. I got distracted by the glitz and the glitter until He shook me. He shook me awake and told me that I was His and that He would pursue me even in the wilderness. I was ashamed, felt like dirt and thought he would reject me. But He said I loved you even in your dirt and fashioned you before birth. I left my Kingdom to rescue you and if you give your life to me I will turn your ashes to beauty. I will remember your sins no more but you shall be called beloved.

So I made a vow. That I am my beloved and he is mine.

I know how weighty a vow is and I don’t take it lightly. I don’t vow to be the perfect man because I am not; only my savior is. I don’t vow to never hurt you because I know i will at some point. I don’t vow to make you 1st in my life because He comes 1st. But I vow to love you as Christ loves His church, to win your heart and mind before I touch your body and  to pray for you as I pray for myself.

Dear Mrs. Solomon, I knew you would be beautiful and now I understand why the wait was worth it. You kindness melts my heart, your devotion to Christ amazes me and your wisdom and graciousness makes me think you are an angel sent from above disguised as my queen.

I waited for you, you are my reward. I vow to love you forever!

” whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit;So he who waits on his master will be honored.” – Proverbs 27:18

Revival

14 then if my people will humble themselves and pray, and search for me, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear them from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

We want revival. God says Repent. We want miracles. God says repent. We want healing. God says Repent. We want blessings. God says repent. We want success. God says Repent.

If you don’t think you need to repent, I invite you to look at the life of Job.

According to God, Job was the finest man in all the earth – a good man who fears God and will have nothing to do with evil.

“4 Every year when Job’s sons had birthdays, they invited their brothers and sisters to their homes for a celebration. On these occasions they would eat and drink with great merriment. When these birthday parties ended—and sometimes they lasted several days—Job would summon his children to him and sanctify them, getting up early in the morning and offering a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and turned away from God[c] in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.” – Job 1:4-5(TLB)

He not only repented for himself, but he did for his sons. Not because he was aware of any glaring sin that stood out although, he would have if that happened. But, he repented on behalf of his sons just in case. He understood something. God is Holy. I am not. God is righteous. You are not. If we are to have an intimate relationship with God, it requires us to catch up to His standards, not the other way around.

So, stop what you are doing. Repent! Repent for using His name in vain. Repent for gossiping about your brothers & sisters. Repent for letting pride prevent you from making peace when you can. Repent, if you don’t think you need to. Just do it. Just in case. When, individually, we are right with God and there is a revival in your life and mine, imagine the corporate revival that takes place. Don’t you want Revival?

“6 No, the kind of fast I want is that you stop oppressing those who work for you and treat them fairly and give them what they earn. 7 I want you to share your food with the hungry and bring right into your own homes those who are helpless, poor, and destitute. Clothe those who are cold, and don’t hide from relatives who need your help.

8 If you do these things, God will shed his own glorious light upon you. He will heal you; your godliness will lead you forward, goodness will be a shield before you, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. 9 Then, when you call, the Lord will answer. “Yes, I am here,” he will quickly reply. All you need to do is to stop oppressing the weak and stop making false accusations and spreading vicious rumors!” – Isaiah 58: 6- 9(TLB)

Why do great men of God fall away?

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This is not original content of wiserthansolomon.wordpress.com. This is an excerpt from a sermon by Pastor Binyam of Baltimore, MD.

We have heard the stores. God is using someone mightily one day, and before we know it they are caught up in a scandal. We see the posters and posts on social media about so and so being invited to minister at this and that conference, and a year later we don’t hear about that person anymore. God’s anointing doesn’t expire, so why do this great Men & women of God’s ministry seem to end abruptly?

Pastor Binyam had a few pointers.

1 Samuel 15:3, 2 Samuel 1:17-23

  1. Not removing things from their lives.

As we see in 1 Samuel 15, Saul was a king and was anointed by God. God asked him to remove and completely rid somethings. Well actually some people. The Amalekites.

“Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalek nation—men, women, babies, little children, oxen, sheep, camels, and donkeys.” – 1 Samuel 15:3(TLB)

There was no room for interpretation in the instructions. It was Go & Completely Destroy. Saul had other plans though.

However, Saul and his men kept the best of the sheep and oxen and the fattest of the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality.” – 1 Samuel 15:9(TLB)

When God asks you to get rid of things in your life, how do you react? Do you obey immediately and completely or do you, like, Saul only get rid of the things that don’t mean much to you. Do you keep the best (meaning those things you have attachment to, or you value highly but God is not approving of) for yourself?

Get rid of any sin from your life now! God sees 100 miles ahead down the road and knows what will bring your destruction. Completely destroy and deal with the little sins now and make sure you are completely obedient to God! Repent from the things you have entertained in your privacy when no one is there to see you, but God. What you have entertained today in your privacy will be public knowledge tomorrow. Repent and remove sin from your life completely.

  1. They forsake God after their anointing

“After David had consulted with all of his army officers, he addressed the assembled men of Israel as follows: …. And let us bring back the Ark of our God, for we have been neglecting it ever since Saul became king.” – 1 chronicles 13:1-3(TLB)

We see David seeking to bring the Ark of the Covenant. He also makes the statement: for we have been neglecting it ever since Saul became king. Saul neglected the Ark of God after he became king. He neglected God after he was anointed. This led to his demise. Saul reigned around 42 years as king in Israel, but spent only 2 of those walking with God.

Don’t forsake God after your anointing or your blessing.

“For my people have done two evil things: They have forsaken me, the Fountain of living waters; and they have built for themselves broken cisterns that can’t hold water!” – Jeremiah 2:13(TLB)

  1. Seeking the Honor of men

Then Saul pleaded again, “I have sinned; but oh, at least honor me before the leaders and before my people by going with me to worship the Lord your God.” – 1 Samuel 15:30(TLB)

As we see in this verse, when Saul was confronted by the prophet Samuel about disobeying God, he was primarily concerned about being honored before the leaders and the people. He said the reason he didn’t obey in the first place was because he was afraid of the people.

“…Yes, I have disobeyed your instructions and the command of the Lord, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded.” –  1 Samuel 15:24(TLB)

“No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the only God!” – John 5:44(TLB)

  1. Jealousy and Pride

“6 But something had happened when the victorious Israeli army was returning home after David had killed Goliath. Women came out from all the towns along the way to celebrate and to cheer for King Saul, and were singing and dancing for joy with tambourines and cymbals.

7 However, this was their song: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands!”

8 Of course Saul was very angry. “What’s this?” he said to himself. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!”

9 So from that time on King Saul kept a jealous watch on David.” 1 Samuel 18: 6-9(TLB)

King Saul became Jealous of David and we can see that an evil spirit began to torment him from that day forward. Does it bother you when God blesses another person? Are you glad when God opens up ministry/business/relational opportunities for a friend? Or do you get jealous and angry thinking it should have been you. We have to be careful because that opens up doors for the enemy to attack us and ruins our relationship with God.

“And Samuel told him, “When you didn’t think much of yourself, God made you king of Israel.” 1 Samuel 15:17(TLB)

We can see here the prophet Samuel having to remind Saul God made him a King from nothing. Saul didn’t think much of himself before, but now he has been filled with pride because he is a king.

Do blessings and promotions fill your heart with pride & arrogance? Or do you always remember from where God brought you and give the glory back to him?

“Pride goes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18(TLB)

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Heavenly Father, I know every good and perfect gift comes from you Lord. Anything good that I have my health, my family, my education, my friends; I know you are the source of it all. Lord, I repent if I have been filled with pride and arrogance, in the seasons you have blessed me. Lord, you said, “Learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” I want to be gentle and lowly in heart Lord. I ask that your Holy Spirit would highlight pride, jealousy, seeking the praise of men, hidden and un-confessed sin and disobedience in my life, so I can get rid of it completely. Be honored & glorified in my life Abba! In Jesus’ name! Amen!