FAITH CAPSULE: Distraction will not announce itself, watch it!
2 Peter 2
A distraction is something that takes your attention away from what you supposed to be doing.
Distraction will not announce itself at the time of approaching man but will consciously or unconsciously have a place in man’s life.
Distraction can cause extreme agitation of the mind or emotions in one’s life.
The coming of distraction into one’s life is the evidence of lack of being calm or not to be at the peace of God.
Undeniably, giving oneself to listening to the word of God is the antidote to deny distraction coming into one’s life.
God listens to all.
God created all to be able to listen.
With no doubt, one that listens to the word of God day and night, to keep all His commandments will not become a victim of distraction.
Jesus emphasized the importance of listening when He spoke rhetorically in John 8:43, “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.” When listening does have a place in one’s life, one will gain understanding against distraction.
Among the weapon of the devil to derail man from arrival to God’s center of divine assignment is a distraction.
Distraction comes to man through the agent of the devil to derail man with deception and lying.
The documentation of Adam and Eve is for all of us to learn for avoiding distraction that will come through deception.
Bible records God’s command to Adam, “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)
After God’s command to Adam, the serpent approached Eve with distraction to deceptively twist God’s command to Adam saying “…Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1) In the conversation of the serpent with Eve, the serpent lied about God command for Adam.
Paying attention to the above interaction between Serpent and Eve, it is clear that, God did not command Adam and Eve not to eat of every tree, but God commanded them not to eat just one of all the tree.
Eve’s distraction was the evidence of not listening to understand God’s command when she wrongly responded to the serpent, “…We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” (Genesis 3:2-3)
Just like Eve’s interaction with serpent the agent of the devil, not being able to listen to God’s word, one will give self to distraction in the hand of the devil. With the distraction, deception will succinctly settle man for derailment not to arrive in the center of the divine assignment.
Prayer for today: Pray not to be a victim of distraction.
FAITH CAPSULE: Listen, hear to do according to God’s word that is able to terminate struggle in one’s life.
2 Kings 4:1-7, Psalm 107
In the word of God, there is healing and deliverance. Psalm 107:20 buttressed, “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” Just a word of God is enough to terminate struggle in the life of one that receives and give self to the word of God.
Prophet Elisha of God spoke to a certain woman with debt and full of lack, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” (2 Kings4: 3-4) In the spoken word of direction by Elisha to the certain woman was to go and borrow empty vessels.
The message of borrowing more vessels by the certain woman was to add to her existing debt. Realistically, the word of Elisha the prophet of God does not sound reasonable and convincing in the ear of the woman and to the world of then and the world of today.
The certain woman obeyed the word of God through Elisha. In her testimony is the shut down of her world to open to the word of God.
Also, in her testimony is her movement from struggle to success, lack to fullness.
In every obedience to the word of God, there will always be a way where there is no way.
In challenges of life, have you been receiving the word of God for direction in your life? The right answer is, make the right choice to give self to the word of God.
In this new season, shut self in the word of God and be a living testimony of victory in every area of challenges.
The certain woman did according to the prophet of God’s word and returned with her report as reported, “Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.” (2 Kings 4:7)
Also, giving self to the word of God is shutting self in the word of God that is sent by God for deliverance and preservation from destruction. (Psalm 107:20)
This season and seasons ahead in your life, come out of the religion of knowing about God to know God.
Are you going to give self to listening or you will be walking away from God’s word without listening?
Listen, hear to do according to God’s word that is able to terminate struggle in one’s life.
Prayer for today: Ask for the grace to know God and live life of obedience to God’s word.
FAITH CAPSULE: Giving excuse is established in your life?
1 Samuel 15
The word of God is written for our learning and in learning is to walk with God, away from sin against Him. Under heaven, there is nowhere to hide in wrong with the expectation that excuse will override the consequence of sin against God.
Are you one that does not know God and will count on giving the excuse for doing against His word? The word of Jesus speaks to all, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.” Before God, there will be no excuse for sin.
Giving excuse is not of God, giving excuse is able to terminate or derail any man from arriving at God’s divine assignment.
King Saul repeatedly disobeyed God but his excuses could not deliver him from the consequences of his disobedient.
King Saul engaged unlawful sacrifice despite the word for him to wait for seven days. At the arrival of Samuel, King Saul responded to Samuel’s question about why he did the offering saying, “When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, then I said, ‘The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord.’ Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering.” (1 Samuel 13:11-12) Saul was wrong to disobey God’s command. Challenges and its surroundings should not make anyone to disobey God.
After King Saul’s disobedient of unlawful sacrifice, he disobeyed God’s command to kill Agag and the Amalekites when he spared Agag.
Saul gave an excuse to God for not killing King Agag but God rejected Saul as king. (1 Samuel 15)
Unlike King Saul excuse to reject God’s command, excuse could not establish in the life of Elisha to be denied from answering to God’s calling.
At the time of God’s calling of Elisha through Elijah, the excuse of not to answer by Elisha records, “So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. 20 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” (1 Kings 19:19-20)
Elisha reversed from his excuse to acceptance of following God’s calling.
Do you have an area that your given excuse is denying you to live life for the glory of God?
Today, reverse from any excuse to give oneself to God’s word.
Prayer for today: Ask God that His grace will bring you out of giving oneself to excuses.
FAITH CAPSULE: Engaging excuse as a way of life will lead to a route of destruction.
Engaging self or giving self to excuse in the place of doing wrong is not of God.
One serving God to please self instead of pleasing God will not please God.
If you are doing what you want to do before God, outside of His word is not doing enough to please God.
When pleasing self, doing what you want to do before God is always done with EXCUSE before God.
Giving excuse is taking the route of pride. Pride is the identity of the devil, the author of lying, deception, and manipulation.
Pride is the way of the personal ride to self-destruction.
Giving excuse is a devil’s weapon that comes into place when pride for not accepting correction or to be repentance before God.
Engaging excuse as a solution will not address any situation that is not right.
What is your excuse?
Are you giving an excuse to escape from doing wrong in the place to do right?
Engaging excuse will not stand and not be accepted by God.
Adam’s excuse to override his sin, for doing against God’s command was not enough before God but provoked the consequence of his sin.
The Bible records God’s command for Adam:
Genesis 2:16-17, “…Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Adam violated God’s command when he responded to his wife:
Genesis 3:6, “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”
God commanded Adam and he violated God’s command. When God approached Adam for his sin, Adam answered to God with EXCUSE for his sin as the Bible records, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:12)
Adam’s excuse for his violation of God’s command was God’s creation of the woman (not his call) for him.
God reacted to Adam’s excuse for his violation to God’s command, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.” (Genesis 3:17)
Giving an excuse is not acceptable before God.
Engaging or giving out excuse can be encouraging but will do no good but set one for destruction and will possibly derail one’s arrival to God’s divine assignment.
Prayer for today: Ask God for His hand to bring you out of engaging excuses
FAITH CAPSULE: Will you fear God?
Do you fear God?
The fear of God is His treasure. One that will give self to wisdom and knowledge in the word of God will fear God. Isaiah 33:6 said it all, “Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times and the strength of salvation; The fear of the Lord is His treasure.”
Will you fear God?
One with the fear of God will serve Him diligently.
To fear God in the mouth is not the same as to fear God from the depth of heart.
Deuteronomy 6:2 speaks to all, “…that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged…”
To fear God for His awesomeness deserves giving self to serving God in all areas of life.
At the time of birth, no man was born with the knowledge of the fear of God.
Among ways of knowing to fear God is to OBSERVE the word of God all the days of life.
Deuteronomy 6:24 buttressed, “And the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day.”
Deuteronomy 28:58, “If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD.”
2Kings 17:37, “And the statutes, the ordinances, the law, and the commandment which He wrote for you, you shall be careful to observe forever; you shall not fear other gods.”
One that OBSERVES the word of God will live life with the fear of God.
Is it your desire to fear God in your ways of life?
Observing the word of God with determination without prayer will not be enough to fear God.
To fear God is crucial if a man will take it to God by asking for His intervention for one to fear God.
God in His word declares His desires for all man, ” They shall be My people, and I will be their God; 39 then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.” (Jeremiah 32:38-40)
What is it that will stop you from giving self to know, to live life in the fear of God?
Prayerfully, desire for the fear of God over your life so as to live life for the glory of God.
Prayer for today: Ask God for His hand upon your life to live in the fear of His name.