Parenthood

Arrows in the Hand of the Almighty
by Femi Onabanjo      
4/07/2016  /  Devotionals

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth” (Ps. 127:4)

Children are a blessing to their parents, a source of joy, laughter and hope. They can also be a source of deep pain, embarrassment and regret (Prov. 17:25). As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man, shaped for a purpose, aimed in a direction and expected to cooperate with him to achieve same, so are children in the hands of their parents (and especially fathers). But, dear reader, have you considered that you are not only an arrow in the hand of a mighty man (your father) but an arrow in the Hand of the Almighty, who is your heavenly Father? We all are God’s creation, but our lives take on new meaning, a special status, when we come into a Father-child relationship with Him. It is a new beginning, a new birth, and then the scripture above takes on new significance for us.

So, you are an arrow. An arrow is designed for a purpose. Carefully crafted, and not created by chance. Men may create children by chance but God does not. Jer. 1:5 tells us this much “Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I chose you for a special work. I chose you to be a prophet to the nations”. You are not just an arrow but an arrow with a mandate, a man or woman on a mission. You have a pre-assigned target. Like your genetic code is embedded in your DNA, so is your spirit already programmed with this information; it is called your ‘purpose’. It is noteworthy that an arrow does not have two targets. It is made for a specific target. God’s purpose for our lives is always very specific and clear-cut. You know without doubt when you discover it. It is unique and has your name written all over it. It is not a replica or a prototype. It is one of a kind. Have you found your own purpose (or are you still trying to copy someone else’s)? What is that special work that you have been created for (Eph. 2:10)? You must find out.

But of what use is an arrow that knows its target and chooses to head elsewhere? An arrow that ‘reprograms’ itself and will not do the bidding of the archer. A practical impossibility, you may say. Even if it were to be possible, the arrow would either break itself or be broken by the archer. That is just the point. Do we not break ourselves by resisting God’s will for our lives? When we think we know better than our Maker and decide to do things our own way, in our own strength or for our own glory? Do we not struggle with the Archer as He points us toward our target, squirming to get out of the bow the very object that would propel us to our destination? We wear ourselves out and deform our lives (possibly other lives, too), we damage the bow (the beautiful opportunities, privileges, circumstances designed for our good), hurt the Archer and delay or even abort the entire process.

There is no benefit in not yielding; only loss and regret. The only thing more costly than obedience is disobedience. Friend, discover your purpose then throw yourself into it with abandon. Step into it with total surrender to His Will wherever it may lead you and whatever it may cost you. God is an astute businessman. He deals only for profit. If you give Him your full cooperation, He will ensure that you have no regrets. Not ‘no pain’, because where there’s no pain, there’s no gain. You must carry a cross before you wear a crown. Not ‘no loss’, because “He who loses his life for My sake shall find it”. But ‘no regrets’, because “Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake, will receive a hundred times more and will be given eternal life” (Matt. 19:29).

Do you know what target you were made for? Have you discovered it but are unwilling to pay the price? Or you do not even agree that it is a possible target? Perhaps you are looking at the wrong things. Do not consider your weakness, lack of education, poor health, spent years, or even your youth. Neither consider your wisdom, skill, strength or ability. One may make you discouraged and the other self-confident. Paul’s advice is: “Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end” (Heb. 12:2). As you learn to yield to your Father’s Hand, you will find Him shaping you to perfection, removing everything that will hinder your flight. You will find yourself more narrowed to the tip, streamlined to remove excesses and rough edges, sharpened in Grace and ability, primed for performance and positioned for success. Success, you must realize now, is no longer defined by you a function of your passions, desires or ambition. It derives from fulfilment of your divine purpose. This is the pride of every arrow, the joy of the Archer and the glory of submission to the Divine Will. It cannot happen outside of the Master’s design and it will not happen without your total surrender. Be that arrow that knows its mission. The arrow that meets its mark. Be that arrow in the Hand of the Almighty.

Prayer:
Lord, help me to surrender to Your purpose and plan for my life. I realize that my life is not my own and that I have a destiny to fulfil. I give you my full cooperation in all that You desire to do in and through me. Have Your way. Amen

Femi is a Christian who desires to be fruitful for God. He wants to contribute to the growth of the Kingdom and to this end, it is his joy to freely share whatever the Lord lays on his heart for the benefit of others.

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Rich and poor and the Gospel

Jesus had a lot to say about riches and the poor.


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Mark 16:15 King James Version (KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel, heal the sick the lame and the broken hearted some Christians are very nervous about this one After all it requires a lot of commitment.

We seem to think that we must have a special anointing to do this. But we need to remember that in Joel chapter two verses 28=29. and in Acts chapter two. We are told that the Holy Spirit will be poured out on the young and the old. Visions, prophetic words and dreams . There is no favoritism in the house of God

In our society today with all the push toward materialism. it is as well to remember what our lord Jesus had to say about it.

We are to be givers, of ourselves and from our money. So that the gospel can be preached around the world. There are people who can be encouraged to walk in the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

It is thought that riches means money all the time. Not so, there are some that are rich in the spirit and some poor. We need to level the playing field and encourage those who think they are not capable. Some think i could not do that, how will they know if they are not encouraged.

We see the evidence of poverty death and sickness in the news media every day. The wars and children being beheaded. Families that have lost every thing. Jesus said we would always have them with us. But now we can see them on our television screens. Brings them into our homes to see. We need to pray and do all we can.

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If you look at the refugee crisis as it is being called. We see people who have lost everything desperate for a way out. Some with very young children who are frightened and wondering what is happening to them. A third person not a Jew tended to the man who had been robbed and assaulted. Let us pray that not many people turn away from these people.

You see these people are looking for a sanctuary where they can find peace. Away from the turmoil of war and all that it entails. A roof over their head, warmth and food, The basics that we take for granted like running water and a bed to lie down on. Not much to ask, but for some of these people it would be a dream come true.

I have seen genuine refugees a few years ago. You will see a vacant look in their eyes and the children? bewildered and to see that in a child is awful. Man in the scheme of things does not seem to care about the consequences of wars and disturbances. There are people who care, but how sadly outnumbered they are.

This is the duty of the church, to do what it can to help. Jesus said. In Mark chapter 9 verses 41-42. For whoever gives you a cup of cold water because of your name, as followers of Christ. Truly i say to you he (or she) will not lose their reward.

42. Whosoever causes any of these little ones who believe to stumble. It would be better for him ( or her) with a heavy millstone around their neck. and had been cast into the sea. L A S B. I have put the her in in brackets. We all have to appear before the judgement seat. For some people who cause these people to suffer. The chapter of Revelation Chapter 21. Talks about such people. They will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

You see their are lots of people who would believe. But because of what they see in the world do not. Not realizing that none of this is the work of God. Yes the church of God has a lot of ground to make up.

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Luke Chapter 4. verse 7.

And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard you hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Did you hear that? the peace that God gives us can never be understood by a human mind. It is a peace that guards our heart and minds.

Ever heard the saying, my heart is troubled? Not so with the peace of God. Have a mind that is troubled?. not so with the peace of God. You can get all sorts of programs and lectures about peace. They will be expensive, not so with the peace of God. It cost nothing, all we have to do is to pray and spend time in the word of God.

Ah! you say but i have tried and i do not get there. Well we have a helper and a comforter who will help us, and he is free as well. Go for it and i will promise you it works. Never mind the doubters or the anti God squad. You see the peace15 - 1 (1) you will get they will never understand it.

The Holy Spirit is always available and ready to answer us and teach us. But we must remember, that when we ask and we get an answer that is not what we want. Then it could just be that the timing of what we are asking for. Might just be something that God has planned for us at a different time in our lives.

Or that this particular thing is for somebody else to do. God has a plan for our lives and we can not alter his plans. We just need to let the spirit of God speak to us and listen. And that takes practice and much prayer and reading of the word. Then he will teach us

and love us through to his ways and thoughts.


The Blood of Jesus.

2.3.2015 - old selfThere is no doubt about the blood of our Lord Jesus that he shed on the cross. When he died a real death, a very painful one. One where he took all of our sins on himself. Stands out as a supreme example of his love for us.

Human blood congeals but the divine blood of Jesus is as fresh, warm and miraculous as it was the day he shed it. It will be forever and when our Lord Jesus went down into the very depths of hell. He then demanded the keys to death and hell.

As he did so, the devil would be able to see the holes in his hands and feet. Where the nails had been driven into him and the wound in his side. Leaving no doubt as to what manner of death he had been through. Divine blood would have ran out of these.

And they would have been blood soaked. If there is one thing that the devil can not stand. It is to be reminded about the blood of Jesus. He will shy away from any christian who really understands how to plead their faith in the blood of Jesus.

I was in a cathedral abroad a while ago, i notice a lot of people in a long queue. I went to find out what this was all about. I was informed that behind the large screen, was a bottle containing the blood of Jesus.

The crusaders were supposed to have brought this back with them. Absolute nonsense and yet these people were paying good money to see it. The blood of Jesus is a free gift to anybody who has faith to believe in it

Abraham knew the value of the blood when he was going to sacrifice his son. God stopped him , and years later Gods son was sacrificed on the cross. His blood ran down the cross and it is as fresh and as vibrant as the day he shed it and will be forever

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1 Peter 1.verse 23. Tells us That we are born again, not of corruptible seed. But of incorruptible, by the word of God. Nothing dodgy, nothing fake the word of God makes us incorruptible. Now that settles it, if we stay in the word of God. We can not be corrupted, end of story!.

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The good news is that Jesus is alive! Praise God, he has risen from the dead. He is active in this end time church and he is teaching about the power of his blood. When we use our faith in the blood of Jesus, nothing is impossible.

All we have to do is to take a simple but often very hard step. Just say Holy Spirit come into every part of my life

Jesus said in Revelation 3 verse 20. Behold i stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door. I will come into him and will dine with him, and he with me. Now what is Jesus  knocking at? the door of our hearts of course. Notice he says, i will come into him and will dine.

Then i will come into him and dine with him? Jesus wants to celebrate communion with us in our heart. When he knocks and the door is opened he wants ALL the room. When the room is empty of self. Then he will fill it with his glory and love.

 

Abraham

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So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations. Mathew 1 verse 17.

All these listed include fourteen generations from Abraham to David. Fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile. And fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah.

 

 

 

And from David until the carrying away to Babylon are fourteen generations.

And from carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

We are the seed of Abraham and the promises that God made to Abraham. Jesus confirmed them in his earthly ministry and by his death on the cross.

We have much to be grateful for and we should give thanks and praise to God. Every day that Jesus tarries and keeps us around each day.

There will be a day when Jesus will appear coming down in the clouds. But in the meantime there is still an invitation for the church to change.

Revelation Chapter 22. verses 16-17.

16.  I Jesus  have sent my angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and offspring of David and the bright and morning star.

17. And the spirit and the bride say come. And let him that hears say come. And let him that is thirsty come, and whosoever will let him take the water of life freely.

Jesus is the one who is going to purge the world of its curse. He will prepare the world for the flow of the water of life that comes out from the throne of God.

This water will be as pure as crystal and without any blemish of sin We will drink it and be made pure and Holy and completely refreshed.

Now when it says completely it means just that. If we just think of this world as it is. As a desert and that we have a parched throat. The cares and the situations of the world have made us dry.

But as we search through the word of God. Then that same living water will refresh us. And build us up in our walk with God. Then we shall be able to share this knowledge with someone.

Whether it be a worldly person or a saint that has run dry, which can happen. Ever come across a person who you could listen to all day.

That should be us, with a listening ear and a comforting arm. They and ourselves will be refreshed with that living water, the word of God

You will then walk into what we call a sweet anointing. What is that? it is when the anointing is so strong. You can smell the sweetness of it, just like a strong perfume in. Mathew 26 verse 7. Remember that Jesus was anointed with a real expensive perfume. So powerful and strong it smelt beautiful, same smell, so powerful.

This should be the normal thing in our churches. And i believe it is going to happen. Amen to that!.