ADAMIC ELEVATION [5]

“God instructed Abram to leave his home with his wife, Sarai and his belongs and to go Canaan. God promised Abram and Sarai children. Abram obeyed God. A famine hit Canaan. Abram decided to go to Egypt, but was worried that the king of Egypt would want Sarai. He told Sarai to say she was his sister instead of his wife. Abram was correct. The king had Sarai brought to him and tried to pay Abram with gifts. Disease hit the kingaas palace. The king knew God had sent the illness and sent Abram away. They returned to Canaan. God again promised Abram and Sarai children. They were 85 and still childless. Sarai had Hagar, her servant, deliver a child for her. His name was Ishmael. After his birth, God changed Abramaas and Saraiaas names to Abraham and Sarah. Time passed and three strangers visited Abraham. They said Sarah would give birth to a son. Sarah began to laugh. Hearing her laugh the men said aIs anything too hard for the Lordai When Abraham was 100 years old, Sarah gave birth to a son, the child God had promised, named Isaac. Years later, the Lord told Abraham to take Isaac to a mountain and to offer him as a sacrifice to God. Abraham obeyed. As he was about to sacrifice Isaac, an angel of the Lord stopped him. God provided a ram and spared Isaac. Abrahamaas faith had passed Godaas test. Sarah died at age 127. Isaac grew up and married Rebekah.The Bible Art Library is a collection of commissioned biblical paintings. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, under a work-for-hire contract, artist Jim Padgett created illustrations for 208 Bible stories encompassing the entire Bible from Genesis through Revelation. There are over 2200 high-quality, colorful, and authentic illustrations. The illustrations are high quality, biblically and culturally accurate, supporting the reality of the stories and bringing them to life. They can be used to enhance communication of Bible stories in printed, video, digital, and/or audio forms.”

“I will certainly return unto thee” (Genesis 18:10)

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5)            Genesis 18:10-33 “And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. 13) And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? 14) Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. 15) Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh. 17) And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; 18) Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 20) And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; 21) I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.

                23) And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24) Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25) That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 26) And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. 27) And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes: 28) Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.

Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? (Genesis 18:23)

                29) And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake. 30) And he said unto him, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. 31) And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake. 32) And he said, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake. 33) And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.”

And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre (Genesis 18:1)

                The above verses begin with, “And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day” (Genesis 18:1); and the ‘LORD’ is the Hebrew God, Jehovah – and this appearance was of none other than the Second Member of the Godhead, the Lord Jesus Christ, in His preincarnational manifestation. Verse seventeen proves His physical appearance going by the attestation of the soliloquy of the Divinity, “Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?” In their discussion Abraham said, “Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes:” addressing his Adducer as JEHOVAH. What does verse 33 say? “And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.” There was an actual discourse of historicity between God and a created intelligence.

And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face

                Exodus 33:11-33 “And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle. Exodus 17) And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. 18) And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 19) And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. 20) And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. 21) And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22) And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 23) And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” By the expression ‘face to face,’ close proximity is meant. Did Adam not see Him in the Eden Garden? So, why would His face be hidden from ocular exercise? Christ came with the full glory known only of the eternal Father and the Holy Spirit, and to behold that divine visage of eternality is to be scrutinized for absolute sinlessness and be found absolutely guiltless, not even of a smidgeon short of the glory of God. Christ had not settled the Adamic conflict with his Maker; to look at the Creator in the face – an offensive affront – is to be ready for judgment without having the covering of the righteousness of the slain Lamb of God – quite ominous.

                Spiritual acquittal and discharge takes place only when one is born again. To be born again, say, with all your heart, this simple prayer:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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Delay Is Not Denial (seven)

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7)            God’s delay, for the benefit of questionary hearts, is never a denial of goodness. It is a means of testing the strength of an individual’s faith. Abraham most probably, at the age of around fifty, married Sarah. Had God not told the Adamic world to, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion in Genesis 1:28? So, what is the rationale behind these many decades of Abrahamic waiting on the LORD for his wife’s fruit of the womb? After many shows of Abraham’s unwavering faith, and Sarah’s supportive obedience to Abraham’s headship, the LORD God showed up, physically, at Abraham’s home. I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son [Genesis 18:10]. Circumstantial staging of existential phenomenality, most certainly, knows how to erode your prized faith during the workability processes of God’s promised word.

“Shall I of a surety bear a child?”

                Sarah had long stopped seeing her menstrual flow –emblematic of fertility. Her matrix had ceased functioning as a foetus nursery. These were experiential realities. What should one give one’s vote of faith to: doubtless physicality of one’s being, on one hand, or the word of the ‘unseen’ God? Sarah was not the only one to scorn the promise of Jehovah, Abraham in the preceding 17th chapter had shook his head, laughed to scorn, the promise of God: Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? [Genesis 17:17].

                What none expected began to receive biological attention. Sarah conceived. Months rolled by. The supposedly deadness of Sarah’s dishevelled matrix came to life and nurtured the foetus that eventually culminated in the accouchement of the promised Isaac. Delay is not denial. Sarah had the last laugh, so is the plan of God for every believing person. Amen.   

                How could a teacher of theology live a life of penury? So, Jabez prayed, wanting to be no more called a pitiful man of penury. Only God knows for how long he continued to offer the prayer of a man of hope. Did Jabez die hopelessly wretched? And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren [1Chronicles 4:9] is the proof that God’s delay is not a denial. In the Book of 2Kings chapter 5, Naaman could not get his healing the way of his dramatic wish, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper [2Kings 5:11]. The prophet, Elisha, would not have it according to the generalissimo’s way. The delay was to test Naaman’s faith in the God of Israel. He dived into Jordan and came out, dived in and out a total number of seven times. Seven being the number of perfection, Naaman’s tested faith yielded the desired result: “and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean [2Kings 5:14]. The delay in Naaman’s miracle was not a denial of God’s beneficence.

            Have they been laughing at you: calling you a failure; wretched poor; barren witch; useless idiot and even challenging your Jesus to do something about your predicament? Let the delay strengthen your faith. You will laugh last. Joy cometh in the morning. Jehovah’s delay is not a denial of your happiness. Amen.

Seven dives of delay did not deny Naaman of his miracle

            I was living in two very tiny rooms with my family in 1993. I searched and sought for a good apartment which yielded not a favourable success. My landlord was a man of incredible wickedness. Our disagreements made him take us to court. The court allowed us a stay in his house for not more than six months. He promised to throw me out of his property if I should stay for few hours after the 31st of October, 2000 court ruling. It would have given him the bestial joy of sadism; I know. The good Lord knew that we did everything we could; and asked everyone we came across, to help in getting another place.

                In those days –of six months of my stay in his house— I had to see Mr. Kusimo, the landlord, in his sitting room. I looked into his eyes and told him, “Sir, I know you’re counting the days of putting me to disgrace, but I’d like you to understand that, ten thousand years ago God counted the number of days I’d spend in your house; a million years ago God counted and He finished counting the number of days. So, please, stop worrying yourself.”

Hebrews 4:12

                I continued the discussion, “Honestly, I don’t know where He is taking me after this place, but, because I know that He is a Big God, and for His love for me, He’ll probably get me a big apartment.” Two years before the court case we had embarked on moving into another place to no avail. Just one day to the last day, the 30th of October, 2000, the good Lord found us a place! It was well after 9pm, when the new landlord said we should come the following day for the keys. I told him we needed to have the keys as a testimony of God’s beneficence. He agreed. The new landlord did not take the first rent from tenants -his lawyer was responsible for that. Now, because God was involved in our peculiar case, Mr. Ògún took the rent from our hands. The rent was 75 thousand naira. “All I have here is 70 thousand, I’m giving you my word that, you’ll get the remaining five as soon as I lay my hands on it.” You know what? Mr Ògún’s unbelievable answer was, “Okay.” We left his house –soon to house my family— sometime after 10pm, victorious soldiers of Christ.

                Early the following morning, my wife announced, in Yoruba tongue, “A ti rí’lé ooo! –“We’ve got an apartment!” and the entire tenants could not hide their joyous elation. It was electric. Honestly, the charged response was reminiscent of the jubilant shout one hears from enthusiastic Nigerians when the Super Eagles scores the winning goal of a football tournament. It was a three bedroom flat. The children’s room alone was bigger than the two rooms, we used to dwell in, put together! Delay is not denial!

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Job, in all his epic trials, did not die a wretched man

                Have you been told that you can never be a million naira rich? Have faith in the workability of divine operations. They that used their mouths to rubbish your future will have to queue up to receive monetary donations from your hands when the LORD God eventually makes you a billionaire, not in Nigerian naira but in the USA dollars. With God nothing shall be impossible. “And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren”, the Bible reveals. The word ‘honourable’ is the Hebraic kâbad (kaw-bad’): ‘to be heavy; be weighty; be rich’. Jabez became a heavyweight financial controller. Are you still reeling in poverty? God’s delay is not denial.

After Samuel anointed him, David had to wait 13 years to ascend the throne.

                 Isaiah was sent to tell the Southern Kingdom of Judah’s king to put his house in order, in readiness for his death. God delayed the king’s time of death, expecting him to look up to Him for divine intervention. He had been terribly sick, to the point of death, for some time [Isaiah 38:1-7]. The faith wielding king cried onto Jehovah God. Fifteen more years was added to the king’s days, which enabled him to father Manasseh, the next king of Judah. Is delay a denial? Selah!

                Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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DELAY IS NOT DENIAL (one)

…joy cometh in the morning [Psalm 30:5]

Joy is coming by Blugi on DeviantArt

1)            Concoctions composed of cruel ingredients are the experiential encounters known of the boot camps engaged in demonic operations; the sole bourne of which is none other than to veer your course of destiny from God’s expected end. To achieve this bourne, ergo, it must come with it an excruciating deal of phenomenal torments. Thinking that delay is denial, the scripturally unschooled and the one who runs into a dearth of God’s words of His promises lose all hopes, having gulped the satanic laden motivational calumny, as one downs huge draughts of spirited brew, the victim is ushered into the sottish inebriation of the Devil’s gulag. This is Lucifer’s bourne: for in this state suicidal attempts and perfections have continued to drown mankind.  

Abraham’s experience of delay

                If delay is tantamount to denial there definitely would not exist in Scripture which says, For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” [Psalm 30:5]. ‘Favour’ is the Hebrew rawtson (raw-tsone’) meaning: ‘delight.’ Boqer (bo’-ker) is the Hebrew for ‘morning’ meaning: ‘of end of night; of coming of daylight.’ The word ‘weeping’ speaks of an overflow of tears. Too much of shed tears is of hopelessness. Genesis 15:1-3, “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. 2) And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3) And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.”

And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre [Genesis 18:1]

The Visitant is none other than physical genuineness of JEHOVAH –CHRIST.

                This was not a mere lord that spoke with Abraham. LORD (written in capitals) is the Hebraic Yahweh or Jehovah –this is the eternal Lord God of the creationism. At this point his name was Abram, meaning ‘father of heights’ which has a hyponymic term of ‘arrogance.’ As Abram, he was still under a probationary existence. Why would God go into the homiletic treatment of “fear not” exhortation? It was to serve as an insufflation of a spiritual inoculant aimed at taking care of Abram’s perturbatory trepidity. It was important that God Himself would visit Abraham. Through this man of faith, the Incarnation would be a historical facticity –correcting the Adamic fall. The Bible, today, is God serving all of us with the same admonitory, ‘fear not’ in every situation of a seemingly irremediable predicament. Can you just imagine the Creator telling Abram that He is his ‘shield’ and that would not suffice? The word ‘shield’ comes from the Hebrew mâgên (maw-gane’), meaning: ‘shield, buckler, figuratively, a protector.’ Mâgên comes from the root gânan (gaw-nan’) ‘to defend, cover, surround, hedge about’.

                The truth is that God understands our Adamic nature of puerility. One small wrap of candy can carry off a cute little child by kidnappers for good! Abram was so deaf, spiritually, that he did not even catch the part of “I Am thy exceeding great reward.” Many times our cravings becloud our sense of good judgment. God is a good Personage, who overlooks our shortcomings. So, one day He is the Visitant to Abraham’s abode.

Abraham’s prayer for a child

Genesis 18:1-14, 1) “And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; 2) And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, 3) And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: 4) Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: 5) And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. 6) And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. 7) And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. 8) And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.

“Shall I of a surety bear a child?”

                9) And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. 10) And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. 11) Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12) Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? 13) And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? 14) Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

                Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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THE DESTINATION OF YOUR DESTINY (2)

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(continued from part 1)                                                                                                               “Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah” (1Samuel 16:13). Soon after this elevation the crowned David became a vagabond. He had the power, and the clout and a military backup to silence King Saul and to take the throne. He decided to do it God’s way. No trial is insurmountable. How do I know this? The Bible enquires, “What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?” (Rom 8:31). The bedeviling things are no match against the LORD God. David became not only the king, he rose to be the best and the most trusted king of Israel. Like David, nothing stops us from being the best example of God’s beneficence, as long as we keep to the right track of our destiny.

All Peter had to do was to retrace his steps back to his destiny: the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter regained his apostolic office. You will regain all your lost positions and properties, just make your way to Jesus. Speak the word of Jesus in faith. Do not move an inch away from the hodos. To the gainsayers Sarah would die childless. Sarah knew what to do. I believe you too know what to do. Tread the right path of destiny. Put your footsteps only where Jesus has just stepped on. These, and only these steps, lead to the destination of a lasting rewarding experience of richness that addeth no sorrow. Where did I get that? Of course it is from Proverbs 10:22,”The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it”. The hymn says, “All other ground is sinking sand”. Truism!

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Jesus is so kindhearted He will come personally to present the hodos, getting you to the destination of His rest. In John 9:39 (And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.), after He had healed the blind from his birth, Jesus spoke about ‘judgment’ which is: krima (kree’-mah) ‘a decision (the function or the effect, for or against [“crime”])’. The destiny He presents either condemns or ushers one into the destination of rest. In Luke 13:11, He walked up to a sickness burdened woman for eighteen horrific years all because He had always walked up to us in the Garden of Eden. Eighteen is of the number of the Antichrist who has come to receive worship in order to steal, kill and to destroy. Jesus healed her because as a woman she stands for the Church. The law forbid any work on a Sabbath, but He went ahead, not with an intention to break the law but to prove His Lordship of that hallowed day of rest, to heal her. Jesus is the Shiloh, meaning: ‘tranquil, success’. Jesus is our Tranquilizer!

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Those who know Him are expected to come without delay. The woman with the issue of blood trailed her Destiny, having the prerequisite faith. Faith spurred her on. Destiny is the distance between point A of the commencement of the journey and the eventual point B of your destination. At the touch of Jesus she had reached her destination. She was made whole. This woman is a proof the depraved Church! Touch Jesus faithfully and be at rest. A father came to Jesus in Mark 9:17-27. The boy could not talk. Satan had deprived him of the evangelism of the kerygma. Lucifer had messed up the poor boy’s life. The father knew what to do. I believe you know what to do just as the good parent knew what to do when it happens to be very critical a situation?

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God loves challenges. He staged an evincible entrance onto the terra firma. Jesus did not commit one single sin all His thirty-three and a half years of His earthly sojourn. Jesus depended solely on the Word so undiluted. He trod the path of righteousness, blazing the trail of Godliness. Jesus conquered. So can you. Therefore, I am an overcomer. Thank You, Jesus, for being my Destiny. Our destinations, for His name’s sake, are glorious. Amen!

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Do you want this destiny? Then get born again. Say this simple prayer: “Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”  (concluded)

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