A builder doesn’t build his pattern, he builds according to the owners specifications.
You cannot build your pattern and expect the owner to live in it.
Exodus 25:8 For I want the people of Israel to make me a sacred TEMPLE where I can LIVE among them. Exodus 25:40 Be SURE that EVERYTHING you make FOLLOWS the PATTERN I am SHOWING you here on the mountain
The temple God resides must be according to the pattern God gave.
You cannot give God the pattern you want and bring Him to live there. It must be built according to His pattern.
Any building that is built is always built according to the pattern of the owner, not the person given the job to build it, because it is the owner that will live in it.
This is to show that we are not owners of ourselves. God owns us and we are only privileged to build his TEMPLE (US).
Everything about us must be built according to the description He gives us. Be it schools, studios, church, football clubs, hospitals, governments house, relationships, marriages, organizations, countries, nations etc. must be built according to the description He gives, so that He may reside in them.
No wonder He doesn’t reside in many institutions, organizations, homes/marriages, relationships because they are not built according to His pattern.
Until we start building all these spheres of influence according to His pattern, He will not come and live in it.
How do I get this description or know His pattern? One key today; HIS WORD
His pattern is revealed in His Word. He is already showing you EVERYTHING in His Word.
Lord, give us the Grace to know, follow your pattern and build this temple of yours, so that you may continuously live in it in Jesus name. Amen!🙏🏽
I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you.
Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you.
The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
In this way we are like the various parts of a human body.
Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around.
The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people.
Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body.
But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we?
So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.
If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else;
If you help, just help, don’t take over;
If you teach, stick to your teaching;
If you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy;
If you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate;
If you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond;
If you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.
The human body consists of multiple organs that makes up different organ systems, all the organs work together to provide proper functioning.
Unfortunately if any of the organ system malfunctions, the effect can be observed on the entire body. The following certain factors contributes to the destruction of our bodies.
Unhealthy Eating Habits: unhealthy eating habits play an important role in destroying the human body. In today’s hectic world, almost everyone prefers fast food over healthy food.
More than half of us would prefer a delicious slice of pizza loaded with extra cheese over the same homemade food, right?But we do not realize the harmful impact it can have on our bodies. It causes so many problems, including obesity diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases.
Fast foods are far inferior in nutrition but high in sugar, salt and fats. They have high trans fats, therefore raising the amount of bad cholesterol or LDL and lowering the good cholesterol or HDL in the body.
This promotes several cardiovascular disorders. Fried foods can also cause acne. Therefore the daily consumption of fast food is harmful to the body.
Irregular Sleeping Patterns: irregularities in sleeping habits are very harmful to our bodies. 7-9 hours of sleep every night is required by the body for proper functioning. Lack of sleep can have several side effects on the body.
It impairs our cognitive abilities, learning, concentration and thought processes. It also reduces memory storage. Sharp wave ripples that cause memory consolidation occur during deep sleep.
Therefore, lack of sleep can cause impairment in memory consolidation. Lack of sleep also increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, stroke and even death. It can also increase the process of aging.
The protein collagen is responsible for providing elasticity to the skin. Lack of sleep releases cortisol that damages the protein collagen and our skin. Hence, we should go to bed early to get proper sleep.
Sedentary Lifestyle: this is a lifestyle that involves little or no physical activity.
Elimination of physical activity from our lives can have immense adverse effects. Exercise causes the release of endorphins, also known as the happy hormones that reduce pain and induce the feeling of pleasure or happiness. Exercise is also important to gain strength, power and endurance.
Physical inactivity contributes to so various health related problems, including stress, depression, heart disease, especially coronary heart diseases. It also causes an increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Daily exercise is an important way of preventing our bodies from being damaged.
Cigarette Smoking: cigarette smoking has adverse effects on the human body; the smoke contains various harmful chemicals that get deposited in our lungs, therefore causing different lung diseases including bronchitis, COPD, emphysema, and lung cancer.
Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, mouth and throat cancer. Apart from lung diseases, it can also cause anxiety, heart diseases, infertility, diabetes, blood cancer and pancreatic cancer.
Smoking should be strictly avoided in all circumstances because it can severely affect our body in negative ways.
If your food is wrong medicine is of no use and if your food is right medicine is of no need.
Deep instructions are received from entering into the deep. Ex 20:21. Moses entered into the deep to receive instructions from God for the people. The deep is where God resides. It is where God is. It is where divine instructions are received. It is a place of power. It is a place of God’s presence. It is a place of relaxation. It is a place of communication.
To receive deep instructions concerning; that business, course, job, relationship, football match, art work, church program, the people you are leading in any organization, your family, you need to be able to access the deep.
We need to keep being hungry for deeper realms with God if we really want to make impact in this generation, if we really want to change, disrupt the status quo and want to make our community, society a better place for all to be able to attain their full potential and enjoy good life and finally make it to heaven at last.
Therefore, we need ideas that are not the norm, mind blowing, world changing which is received from the deep. When I see my spiritual parents & mentors (PST Ebenezer O & PST Mrs Testimony O) most times and their hunger for going deeper and the wisdom that flow afterwards etc. it makes me hunger for more as a son. His will is in the deep.
To access the deep instructions, you need to have access to the deep.
Song: Take me to the place, that place you are Lord. The secret place, that’s where I want to be.
Question to ponder on today as you go ahead with d day activities; How can I go deeper into the deep to receive divine instructions for my generation and my life?
A reminder that there is still a deeper realm, don’t stop or be satisfied with where you are at the moment.
One thing that is common to all human being is that we live in a world that is full of pain and challenges which means that at some point in our lives everyone of us will go through or experience these challenges one way or the other.
Some have gone through and come out of it, some are currently in it. One thing we should know is that it is not out of place to experience challenges especially as a child of God and the higher we grow the higher the challenges.
According to John 16:33, There will always be challenges in this world but thank God He has won the victory
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
Challenges comes in different forms and ways, it could be in form of attack on your Health, Finance, Family, Academics, work, relationship.
As child of God if you are not deeply rooted in in the word when you go through these trials you can easily be overwhelmed and start second guessing your faith thereby allowing all sorts of ungodly thoughts access into your mind and if not resisted immediately can cause one to backslide and miss the way.
The devil which is our common enemy is always in contention with our minds, so give no opportunity to him.
Essentially, challenges does two things; it can either make of break which all depends on how you react to it especially in managing it.
Know that no matter what you are going through, you are not the first and you are also not alone. Jesus went through it, Job went it it and what about the apostles? They are did and came out victorious.
God’s promise to us in Isaiah 43:2
When we passes through the waters, He will be with us; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow us: when we walk through the fire, we shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon us.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. Romans 5:3
This is so reassuring and to know that God is and will always be with us irrespective of the circumstances we might or currently going through in life.
With this assured promises from God to us we should have the right attitude and mindset especially whenever we face any challenge in life. Instead of crying and fretting over that unpleasant situation, speak to that situation and remind the problem who and how big your God is.
Encourage yourself in the Lord, speak faith, speak hope, speak victory, speak life.
Tell that sickness you are healed by His strips and your body is the temple of God.
Tell that failure that stirs you in the face that you are more than a conqueror.
Remind that sorrow that the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Tell that lack that your God owns the cattle upon a thousand hills and He’s your sufficiency.
Tell that fear God has given you the spirit of power, love and sound mind.
Tell that delay that you will wait till your change comes, it may seem slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
Many thanks for stopping by, until next time..
May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love.
The destiny of a group, generation most times rest on the representative of that group or generation.
1 Samuel 17. If the representative fails, that generation is most likely going to fail. If the representative succeeds, that generation/group will succeed. Even in family, businesses, government, sports, class rooms, the person at the helm of affairs will determine whether that team succeed or fails.
Goliath was the Philistines representative, whereas David was the Israelites representative in their battle. My mentor/spiritual father once said life is a battle of powers.
Few key points to know & act on:
Be careful what you do as a representative in your group
Be careful about deals and promises you make.
Be careful about what you say to other parties as you represent your party.
Be careful of what you ask for.
Never boast of yourself when representing your group, but of Him God who sent you there to represent His people.
When you represent him well and boast of him, you will not only be promoted and known but your lineage will also be remembered. (1 Sam 17:55-58).
Seek to promote Christ first and always and you will be known.
Have you ever thought of it that there is a generation/group you are representing? If not, then think about it now and thread careful the path you are on. SELAH 🤔