A NEW VESSEL, FILLED WITH SALT (THRONES PT. 3)

Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Look, this city is in a pleasant place, as my Lord [Elisha] sees; but the water is bad and the land is barren.” He said, “Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. Then Elisha went to the spring of water and threw the salt in it and said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘I [not the salt] have purified and healed these waters; there shall no longer be death or barrenness because of it.’ ” 2 Kings 2:19-21 AMP We were more than 150 in that gathering of youth corps members praying and worshipping God. It was our Biennial State Conference of Christian Youth corps members. While we prayed, our leader led us to pray for the nation using the above quoted scriptures. She asked us to pray for the healing of our land. As we prayed and petitioned God for our land, I felt a nudging in my spirit to go and read that verse again. The question that rose in my heart was this, “What was the solution that Elijah proffered for the healing of the land?” Then I looked in and I saw it – “Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it” Then I understood that if our land was going to be healed as we were praying, then we have a duty to present ourselves to God as new vessels, filled with salt. This was Elisha’s first public miracle, by which he demonstrated that indeed he had received of the spirit of Elijah. The land was indeed in a pleasant place, just like my nation, Nigeria– sitting on a massive cache of oil and natural wealth. However, the people could not access the basic needs of life…

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THE SPIRIT OF THE PROPHET (THRONES PT. 2)

And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. 2 Kings 2:9 KJV Every man must of necessity leave this stage called ‘earth’; it is the reality which we all must face. There are no everlasting men in terms of physical existence on earth. No matter how relevant or irrelevant a man is in the agenda of heaven, he must of necessity leave the battle ground for others to take over. In the past year and this year also, we have seen lots of ministers and apostles of Christ Jesus in our day and age depart from this scene into the realms of eternal glory. This was the point that the prophet Elijah was standing. He had single-handedly orchestrated revival in his nation (at least that was how he saw it), and he had confronted kings and princes with the truth of God’s word without fearing faces. However, it was near time for him to depart the earth, and another, Elisha, to take over the ministry. Why Elijah consistently wanted Elisha to stay behind while he went yonder may not be so clear to me yet, but we must realize that there are no compulsions in the things of the Spirit. You can always be given an opportunity to drop out of divine agenda at any point in time. It is our responsibility, therefore, to always recognize times and seasons and march in step with the Spirit of God. Elisha knew that Elijah was about to depart the earth, and he wanted to see to his discipleship till the end. City after city as…

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THE UNSOUGHT GOD (THRONES PT. 1)

“Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?” 2 Kings 1 vs. 3b. The king’s message was urgent, and so were the haste of the messengers. They must get to Ekron before night fall so that they will be able to get word back to the king concerning his illness. It was a house accident which the king had that threatened to take his life. He had become weaker and weaker after that accident, so he wanted to know what was wrong, whether he will live or die. This was what set his servants on their path to Ekron to seek the ancient deity of Ekron; until someone crossed them on the road…. He was dressed in a hairy cloth, with a fierce countenance and a leather belt around his waist. He approached the men and said, “Was it not because there is no God in Israel that you people are going to Ekron to seek the deity there? Alright, tell your king thus, ‘This is what the Lord God of Israel said, he shall die and not live!’” The servants turned back home and related the matter to the king. When they described the man that gave them this message, the king knew instantly that he was Elijah. Being the son of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, he was accustomed to the person of Prophet Elijah and his unquenching zeal for the glory of the Lord God of Israel. So, he sent an army of 50 persons with their captain to go and arrest Elijah and bring him down to the palace. Now, this was the controversy the Lord had with the king, and is also our fundamental lesson in the battle earth’s space… the king…

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HOW IT ALL BEGAN (CHOSEN EPISODE 1)

The two white-winged creatures walked calmly and unnoticed through the streets of the Royal College, Abokpa. They had been given a mandate by the General Michael through the will of the Almighty God to see to the safety of the 11-year-old boy Daniel Atuegwu whom they were guarding. Anyone looking with an ordinary eye would have noticed only the young boy Daniel as he walked cautiously and with care towards the classroom of Jss1C. He had been brought there by his grandfather who left him after the registration formalities so he can make it on time to his workplace. Daniel was the product of a mistake by all assessments of men. He was born by Chidimma, the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthias Atuegwu. Mr. Matthias was a man of his own wisdom, who worked as a security man with a bank within the city, and was blessed with 2 sons and 2 daughters. Like many men within his environs, Mr. Matthias was given to evening time drinking in bars with his friends, and this had usually led to fights and quarrels with his wife and neighbours, and sometimes brought unhappiness to the children as they watched the unbecoming and non-exemplary behaviour of their father at such times. His wife, however, was of a different stock, cool, calm and of a quiet disposition, she was the lonely beacon of light in the Atuegwu family. Though with all the pressures upon her as a wife and a mother, she laboured to raise all her children in the fear of the Lord and to shield them from the influence of their father’s behaviour. However, she was not altogether successful, as it was a near impossibility for a woman to raise her children in a particular way when she has an irresponsible…

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“JOURNEY WITH ME” (INTRODUCING THE NEW SERIES)

Hi friends, I trust this meets you well. It’s been a while I shared a post on this platform. This is not because of any special laziness on my part, but primarily because I’ve been pondering on my next line of action in terms of writing. Writing for me was a hobby which grew out of my reading aptitude. However, with the passage of time and better understanding, it is growing for me into a ministry, a career and a calling. It is something I have to do not because I have time or I desire to write, but because I have a debt that I must pay- to my God and to my generation. Paul said, “For if I do this willingly, I gave a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.” 1 Corinthians 9 vs. 17 (NKJV) Such is the compulsion also that makes me write. In this light, therefore, I am glad to invite you to join me on a writing journey for the next few weeks. I will be taking on three major topics: CHOSEN (A NOVEL): Every child that is born into this world is here for a great purpose. However, between the vision and the fulfilment is a great gulf that could make or mar every destiny. CHOSEN is a fictional novel which tells the story of a young boy, Daniel Atuegwu, a young boy who though born out of wedlock, was chosen for a great task. It takes the reader through the story of spiritual and physical happenings around the life of Daniel as he laboured to enter into his God-given destiny. Though a fiction, it is the story of every one of us today. CHOSEN will be published (in episodes) on our website every Sunday before…

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THE KING AND HIS OMEN (ONLY THE WISE SHOULD READ!)

The king made his approach. His army behind him. Mighty chariots and horsemen, and many archers and cavalry. His goal was to conquer and keep conquering. It may look like he was a man of focus; but he did not know which land to approach at that point. He walked up to the three-pronged path (where the road split into two) and pondered. Should he proceed to Rabbah, or should he turn to Jerusalem? He had a treaty with Jerusalem, though he had noticed hostility and rebellion from the king he installed over the throne of Judah after the first incursion. Rabbah, too, needed to be conquered and subdued. But which one should he approach first? He was confused… But not the angels that accompanied him. He was the representative of the sword of the Lord, and the current vessel through whom the Lord will exert his vengeance. So, the angels watched… But they already knew what the outcome would be. The king summoned his sorcerers and cast his omen. It was the instrument by which ancient kings made decisions when their own intelligence failed them…. Well, not exactly. The oriental kings were not like us. They acknowledged the existence of spirit beings, and their influence over the world at large. For them, life’s battles were never fought solely on the strength of one’s warpower or intelligence. Thus, it was not unusual for them to seek wisdom and strength from forces beyond this world. This was how they stayed close to the Almighty. Though several of these kings never worshipped the true God, but God was nearer to them than he is to many in our world today. A superstitious generation who acknowledges the existence of spirit forces is closer to finding God than a generation that has turned full…

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HOW GOD DISCIPLINES HIS CHILDREN

Have you forgotten the encouraging words which God speaks to you as his children? “My child, pay attention when the Lord corrects you, and do not be discouraged when he rebukes you. Because the Lord corrects everyone he loves, and punishes everyone he accepts as a child.” (Heb 12:5-6 GNB) Recently, someone asked me this question, and I felt the answer will help others along the way. Reading Hebrews 12 vs. 5-6, she asked, “How does God discipline those he loves? And how does God punish men? Ones he loves.” The answer to this question will form the burden of our discourse today. How does God discipline and punish those he loves? One of the challenges with understanding scriptural realities are the preconceptions we bring with us into every scriptural reading. We have listened to someone teach about one thing or the other before, and so whenever we approach that scripture, instead of letting the Spirit of God teach us, we rattle on with our own preconceptions and so we miss God’s blessed truths for our lives. Instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us, we move on with our own preconceived ideas and so never get blessed or changed through his word. Now, someone may wonder, how do I get God to teach me things personally? Maybe I encountered something from reading or studying God’s word and I needed better insight and understanding; apart from turning to another man, how do I get the revelation or insight I desire from the holy scripture? First, you must give the Holy Spirit enough ground to work in. You can limit how much the Holy Spirit can teach you by how much latitude you gave him to operate in; and how do you give him enough grounds to operate with? Simple,…

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WORSHIP THE FAITHFUL GOD (#IAMGOD Final Episode)

By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. (Heb 11:21 KJV) And then Jacob saw the LORD standing by the ladder. He said, “I am the LORD, the God of your grandfather Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. I will give you the land that you are lying on now. I will give this land to you and to your children. You will have as many descendants as there are particles of dust on the earth. They will spread east and west, north, and south. All the families on earth will be blessed because of you and your descendants. “I am with you, and I will protect you everywhere you go. I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised.” (Gen 28:13-15 ERV) When Papa Jacob was quite younger, he was full of energy and believed that whatever he wanted to achieve, he could achieve them through the exertion of his energy. He was not used to casting himself at the throne of mercy and seeking the face of God over a matter. He was a plotter, a schemer, and one given to the exertion of his own energy to obtain things in life. This attitude particularly made the years of his life very difficult. He stressed himself so much in life to obtain things that his fathers obtained with their eyes closed. Of course, he saw his father work hard; but he did not realize that behind all his father’s labours was a quiet trust in the Lord to make things work. His father, unlike him, did not look to his own strength but unto grace. So, when the Lord was…

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BLESSING HIS SEEDS (#IAMGOD PT. 27)

The time was nearing for Papa Jacob to depart from the planet earth, then he called his sons to bless them. This blessing was more of a prophetic declaration proposing what their future will be under the present circumstances. Though they have all been drafted into the commonwealth of Israel, but each one still had the responsibility to give account of his personal life and the way he had lived. This was going to be a major deciding factor to their destiny. One by one, Jacob began to call his children, and what he said concerning most of them is worthy of note. REUBEN: He was his firstborn, and the first show of his strength. By birth, excellence and dignity was his right. However, a charge came against him, “unstable as water, you shall no longer have excellence”. The charge against Reuben was his instability. Yes, it manifested in the fact that he defiled his father’s bed by sleeping with his father’s concubine. However, that was only a manifestation of his character which robbed him of a glorious destiny- he was unstable as water. You could not count on Reuben; you could not build anything around him. He is here today and gone tomorrow, with no single backbone. Like water, he never walked the highway of holiness and consecration; rather he followed the path of least resistance and always sought the lower levels. Though the firstborn, he could not provide leadership to his brothers. Hence the verdict on him was this- YOU SHALL NOT EXCEL. SIMEON & LEVI: They were next in line for the glorious destiny, but they too lost it. Not for the same reason that Reuben lost it, but for a different reason. Their father said of them, “Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are…

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STANDING ON HIS PROMISES (#IAMGOD PT. 26)

And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. (Gen 48:21 KJV) These heroes all died still clinging to their faith, not even receiving all that had been promised them. But they saw beyond the horizon the fulfillment of their promises and gladly embraced it from afar. They all lived their lives on earth as those who belonged to another realm. (Heb 11:13 TPT) Jacob was near the end of his life. He had held on strongly to the faith handed down to him from his father Isaac, and his grandfather Abraham, that God was going to give him the promised land of Caanan for their inheritance. His grand-father Abraham had lived without seeing it come to pass. His father Isaac had lived without seeing it come to pass. Now, he too was getting set to die, and not only was he not even in Canaan, but he was still in a strange land where he fled to find food for survival. What was the certainty that what God promised his fathers will ever come to pass? Where are the signs that God will do as He had said? This is one thing about the faith of our fathers; they believed God even till death. They trusted Him to keep His word even if they never lived to see it come to pass in their lifetime. So, as Jacob laid a-dying, he reiterated the promise to Joseph, his son, that God was going to bring his seed into the promised land. “Behold I die,” he said to them, “but God shall be with you, and bring you again into the land of your fathers.” What a faith, what an assurance. He was not shaking, he…

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