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Coming out of Egypt, Israel encountered peoples and situations that were hostile; like Balak who hired Balaam to curse them.

Unknown to the Israelites, these men and the officials of Moab, were on the hill overlooking the great hoard in the valley and pronouncing curses at them. At seven different locations they raised altars, made sacrifices and Balaam made the curse.

But whom God has blessed, no man can curse!! Every opening of the mouth to curse turned into blessings to the chagrin of the Moabit King!
Indeed God makes diviners mad and frustrates the token of liars!!!

All these were unknown to the Israelites!!!
I wish Christians will focus on following God with undivided heart and stop prying into who is cursing or making enchantments against them! God knows HOW to deliver the righteous.

The bible says God did not allow any man to hurt them. Instead He rebuked Kings for their sake!

“He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;” (Psalm 105:14).

Evil people, like their master, do not rest. Seeing they couldn’t curse Israel, Balaam advised Balak to introduce strange women into their camp as this would make God angry, remove the protection and turn against them.

And truly, God turned against them! A plague was released; 24,000 men, outside women and children died.

To stop the plague God asked Moses to hang publicly, facing the Sun all the ring leaders who frolicked with the women of Moab and joined in the worship of Baal-peor, that it may be a deterrent to others.

While that was being carried out, Moses, Aaron and the leaders sat mourning in repentance, at the entry of the Tabernacle, and behold an Israeli prince, Zimri, came into the camp with a Midianitish princess named Cozby.

Also seated with them was a young man called Phinehas the son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the Priest.
Like others he saw the abomination brought into the camp but couldn’t keep still. Though his father was there, his grandfather was there, even his uncle, Moses was there! They knew this was the cause of the calamity yet they sat still crying, nobody moved!!

When he couldn’t contain it any more, he rose, picked a spear and traced the couple to the man’s tent where he killed both.

Instantly the plague stopped and God reacted: He made a covenant of peace with him, and pronounced that he and his descendants would be priests forever.
God had found a servant of honour. How did he become one?

(1) He was in the camp.

Young men are always adventurous, seeking to conquer their environment. Unlike Zimri, Phinehas stayed in the camp, not venturing away and consequently, remained in the will of God. He did not join himself to strangers.

What has Christ with Beliel or the temple of God with idols. What has light with darkness.

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
Every sheep that leaves the flock and wanders off, breaks the rule and makes itself an easy target for the wolves. Christians who wander off the fold disobey God!!!

“Be separate, come out from their midst”, He says!

(2) He saw.

There is nothing as hindering as spiritual blindness!!!

Having killed the ringleaders as instructed by God, the plague did not stop! While they all sat crying, it took one young man, possibly not yet of Levitical age (30), to discern why the plague was not stopped!

Obedience to the Word of God should bring good (Isaiah 1: 19). Where and when obedience didn’t bring good, the obedience is not complete.
Phinehas saw what others could not see. 

Just as in Exodus 32, when the entire camp of Israel did not see the consequence of making the molten calf and worshipping it, the tribe of Levi saw and abstained. That was how God chose them to be His vessels and representatives in place of the first born, making them a special people of God, an Old covenant “Church of the first born sons”.

Oh that our eyes may be opened that we might see through the eyes of heaven!!! What peace shall be ours!!!
No wonder Paul prayed our eyes be opened!

“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,” (Ephesians 1:18).

(3) He picked the spear.

The spear was a weapon of war, a rod that kills – the Word of God. Paul tells us to pick up the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6) which is the Word of God, Phinehas armed himself with the spear and with it quenched the abomination.

The work of God can only be done right and well when done according to the Word of God. Doing God’s work without His word is not only demonic, it is devilish and deathly.

Some works may be awesomely big and we allude it to the glory of God. But no. The sons of Levi were only a remnant compared to the multitude. Whereas they had the glory, the multitude were “naked to their shame”, stripped of the glory of God. Why? They did not follow God’s will and Way. They did theirs; there is a way that seemeth right unto a man….

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 16:25).

God has specifications, even where a tiny nail should be, was instructed Noah in the building of the Ark.

Let’s not just do things, let’s do them according to His specification, and we shall be SERVANTS OF HONOUR.





“King Belshazzar made a great feast for a thousand of his lords and drank wine in front of the thousand.” (Daniel 5:1).

Belshazzar threw a party and invited his nobles. They ate, drank and were merry. When they used their own vessels at the feast, God did not trouble them. They could eat their own flesh and drink their own blood; so long as it was theirs and not God’s own.
However, when he stretched his hands to the vessels of God, God reacted.

“Belshazzar, while he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink in them. Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.” – Daniel 5:2-5

And because he did not humble himself and repent, that night, he was killed.

“In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.” – Daniel 5:30.

God would always protect His own, provide for His own and build for His own.

Why would God kill a man because of ordinary cups?
These were not ordinary cups! They belonged to God; they were His!

God had put so much treasure into the cups; they had been sanctified, dedicated to God and separated for His use only. The cups were no more ordinary; they had been transformed by the purity of the Divine God into extraordinary vessels.

God invests so much into His vessels, that is why He would always rise to defend what belongs to Him.

If God so invested into inanimate objects and could kill for them, of more worth are you that fear His Name and carry His presence!

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God, and not from us.” – 2 Corinthians 4:7.

You are of greater worth than those cups. If God could kill a man because of cups, think what He would do to anyone that tries to harm you!

“He suffered no man to do them wrong: yes, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” (Psalms 105:14-15).

The cups had no power or say against the king; they could not resist his servants who picked them with ease. Many may think you are helplessly powerless and that they can pick on you, oppress you and get away with it. They are mistaken!! Oh how wrong they are!!! God is the same, yesterday, today and forever! He will fight for you!!!
Peter was so confident about this he said:

“And who is he that will harm you, if ye are followers of that which is good?” – 1 Peter 3:13

Its a question “who is he?” In “pidgin” English we will say “who be dat? Them never born am!” Meaning such a person does not exist and can never be born!

God will fight for you!!!

But… the cups belonged to Him. Do you really belong to Him? No, no, I’m not talking about going to Church for this is beyond that. I mean really belonging to Him. Dipped in the blood of Jesus Christ and living His life?
Those cups had no life of their own; God and His glory were their life. Do you own your life? Live for yourself? Fight to preserve your ego and self-worth? Or do you live humbly, for the One Who gave Himself for your sake?
The vessels, having no ambition, thought or desire of their own were wholly yielded to God and consequently enveloped in His glory.
It is the measure of your surrender and yieldedness that determines the measure of His presence or power in your life; which in turn determines how much attention you get from Him.

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” – James 4:8a.



The more of God you retain, the more His glory envelops you.

Imagine putting a cheque of fifty thousand Naira you would cash the next day, in a 1970 newspaper and the sum of five hundred Naira in a current edition of your favourite magazine. Coming home you find your children playing with the magazine and the newspaper. Which would you rescue first? The current edition of your favourite magazine holding the sum of five hundred Naira or the old 1970 newspaper holding fifty thousand Naira cheque you would cash the following day? I believe your deposit in the papers will determine which one you rescue first.
God loved all the Children of Israel carried to Babylon in the days of Daniel, but He was closer to Daniel, showed him more favour, gave him greater grace than others and granted for him to be called “a man greatly beloved” (Daniel 10:11), because Daniel “understood by books” (Daniel 9:2), he chose to retain God more than anything and was not ashamed to show it!
God will not leave you in the hand of the enemy if you retain Him in you.

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” (Romans 1:28).

Your worth to God and heaven CAN be increased.


(1) Receive His Word. 

(2) Obey His word


(3) Build yourself on His Word.


Shalom.



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Stupid Drug!

Friday  stirred  painfully  one  more  time.  His  face  disfigured  and  distorted  with the new attack of pain in his stomach, which felt like a rumbling- boiling cauldron.
Bisi stood  helplessly  confused.  Tears  of  hopelessness  were  clearly  flowing down  her  cheeks.  Her  mind  was  a  whirl  of  fear  and  discouragement  as  she watched her husband, curled up on the floor, writhing in agony.
They  had  seen  a  Doctor,  who  gave  a  prescription  and  assured  them  that  the pain would  subside  and  eventually  stop,  even  before  the  full  dose  of  the medication.  Though  the  content  of  the  bottle  was  almost  exhausted,  the  pain instead of easing up had become more intense. Diligently,  he  had  followed  the  doctor’s  instructions,  not  skipping  any,  she thought, having  monitored  him.  Why  wasn’t  the  efficacy  of  the  drug  manifest? Could  it  have  been  an  expired  drug  that  they  bought?  Was  it a wrong  prescription due to a wrong diagnosis? She  had  concluded  that  the  drug  was  not  having  any  positive  effect  on  him. 
She  stared  at  the  bottle  with  its  remaining  content.  The  frustration  and  helplessness built  up  to  anger  for  the  doctor  and  his  prescription.  She  took  hold  of  the  bottle, walked outside and dashed it against a stone.
Now, was  it  truly  the  Doctor’s  fault?  Or  was  it  the  drug  that  had  no  healing property?  When  the  prescription  was  made,  the  doctor  gave  them  instructions  which included  shaking  the  bottle  and  content  before  use. 
But  Friday  neglected  shaking the  bottle,  only  taking  the  medication  at  the  times  appointed.  The  healing  property of  the  drug  remained  thickly  settled  at  the  bottom  of  the  bottle,  while  he  ended  up drinking  the  watery  top  with  little  or  no  healing  property!  The  thick  dreg  that  had the healing property was the one that Bisi threw away in anger!
The  fault  was  not  the  Doctor’s  nor  was  the  drug  expired.  Friday  did  not  fully adhere  to  the  instruction  so  he  did  not  get  the  benefit  of  using  the  drug!
God  desires  those  that  will  “fully”  or  “wholly”  follow  him.  After  He  gave  the instruction  that  the  children  of  Israel  should  go  and  possess  Jericho,  they  did  not wholly  comply  with  the  instruction  and  God  swore  that  no  one  of  that  generation shall  see  that  good  land.
“Save  Caleb  the  son  of  Jephunneh;  he  shall see  it,  and  to  him  will  I  give  the  land  that  he hath   trodden   upon,   and   to   his   children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD.”-  Deut  1:36  (KJV)
“But  Joshua  the  son  of  Nun,  which  standeth before  thee,  he  shall  go  in  thither:  encourage him:  for  he  shall  cause  Israel  to  inherit  it.”- Deut 1:38 (KJV)
Many  want  to  operate  in  the  power  of  the  Holy  Spirit;  to  be  spiritually mature and articulate,  but  like  Friday,  they  are  not  fully  complying  with  the  instruction  given by  Doctor  Jesus.  The  doctor  had  done  his  part  by  having  diagnosed  the  sickness and  given  instruction  for  cure.  It  is  now  up  to the patient  to  do  his  own  part  before health can be fully attained.
It is a covenant based on obedience to the Word.
Culled from “Divine Apostleship”
Author: Jonathan Ike
ISBN-10: 1515391094
BISAC: Philosophy / Religious
We have been given a mandate: THE GREAT COMISSION. Divine Apostleship looks at how well we have done this and gives a deeper insight on how to do it the Master’s way.
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