FAITH CAPSULE: You must know God, knowing about God is not enough.
Among the reasons why you do not know God but only know about God is the lack of understanding and not believe Him.
Lack of Understanding:
A failure of giving attention will result in a listening disability. Jesus questioned and answered why lack of understanding, “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.” (John 8:43)
It is not possible to understand what or who you do not know. The world is too busy for self, and not to give attention to God. One that gives attention to God will listen to gain understanding, to know God for who He is. He is a good God, the One that reverses irreversible.
Forgetting attributes of God:
Forgetting attributes of God, not being thought about Him will not know God. Deuteronomy 4:5-6 buttresses, “Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. 6 Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding…” One that is not exposed to learn about God will not give attention to understand the attributes of God enough to know God.
Truth is not appealing:
Truth is not popular, is not acceptable to the world. It is not possible to know what is not accepted, not believed. John 8:45-47 records Jesus’ word that speaks the truth about not knowing God, “But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore, you do not hear, because you are not of God.” One that does not accept truth to believe does not know God that is true.
You must know God to come out of the religion of this wicked world.
To know God is rooted in the living word of God, written for understanding if any will give self to study the word of God.
To study the word of God is a sacrifice with the cost of labor.
To know God is seeking God diligently, to please Him and to find God as promised, “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
You must know God, knowing about God is not enough to excuse before God to escape the consequence that is set with lasting pain.
Know God, come out of religion to live life for the glory of God.
You must know God the truth to know and be free.
Prayer for today: Ask God to make you know Him more.
FAITH CAPSULE: With obedience, without complaint, you shall
have a journey through.
God called and spoke to Abraham, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Genesis 22:2) Abraham’s only son, whom he loves, was requested for as burnt offering by the One that was and that is in position to give and to take away as He pleases. Without questioning God, Abraham answered God’s calling to sacrifice his son. As if it was not challenging enough for Abraham to answer God’s command for the sacrifice of Abraham’s only son, the journey to the center of sacrifice (the land of Moriah) was to take three days.
Imagine how nagging it must have been in the mind of Abraham for not knowing the exact location and having to travel for three days.
The Bible records, “Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.” (Genesis 22:4)
The journey must have been the longest three days of Abraham’s life and yet there was no record of any complaint.
With the complaint, Abraham could have made it the longest three days journey of his life. However, Abraham kept quiet and kept the journey short.
During the Israelites’ journey of freedom from the bondage of over four hundred years, they could not keep quiet to keep their journey short. The Israelites’ complaint converted eleven days’ journey to forty years journey. The book of Deuteronomy 1:2-3 testifies, “It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea. Now it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month that Moses spoke to the children of Israel according to all that the Lord had given him as commandments to them.” Eleven days’ journey turned out to be forty years journey because the Israelites could not resist complaining against God’s ordained journey.
Many words will no doubt cause trouble.
The Bible records against talking carelessly, “…let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” (James 1:19) Careless talking can lead to complaining before God.
Abraham kept his cool and focused on God’s command. It must have been a difficult and challenging journey for him yet he kept on going through without complaint.
Abraham’s free of complaint relegated distraction and elevated his focus on God.
Abraham gave a reasonable sacrifice to God.
Abraham committed without any complaint, and God declared him as one who feared Him.
Abraham released Isaac unto God in each step of his response to God’s command.
Abraham demonstrated that he loved God with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his strength.
In the journey of life, there is a beginning and an end when a call of sacrifice comes our way; answering to God’s calling has to be carried out to the end. Obedience does not require a half heart; it requires the whole heart (to wholly follow God’s command).
Prayer for today: Ask for His hand to hold you through in His calling
all the days He has given you.
Faith Capsule: Looking into the word of God as a mirror will impact
your perspective of life.
The word of God can be engaged as a mirror to address the way of dressing up in this wicked world.
To be encased in the word of God is to escape from the wickedness of this world.
One that seeks God will see in the word of God to capture a secured future in the word of God which cannot be broken.
How can one effectively engage the word of God?
One should behold and see in the word as one looking into the mirror. Also, one should constantly hear the word with effective listening ability.
Begin to see and receive in the word of God!
One that sees in the word of God and doubts do not see truly.
One that sees in the word of God as a mirror with no doubt will receive and become God’s own, not to become a victim of the wicked world.
It is how one can see self in the word of God as a mirror that will determine how one will engage the day endeavors.
How do you see yourself in your going daily?
Possibly, seeing as sick in the morning will walk through the day as sick. The same applies to ones that see as self to be pitied will walk through day expecting to be pitied.
However, ones that look in the mirror of the word and say to self “I shall not die but live to the glory of God” is set to rule the day with trust and hope on God.
Make the word your daily routine; study the word continually not only when it is convenient.
Allow the word of God to impact your perspective of life.
Allow the word to be your mirror which will identify you for a breakthrough in your journey of the day.
Look into the word of God as a mirror for what you will adhere to adjust your life to have a great exploit to the glory of God.
Daniel must have seen in the word of God to become purposeful for God, not for the wicked ways of the world. Daniel 11:12 records about Daniel, “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”
Among the secret of Daniel which he saw in the word of God as a mirror was praying three times a day. Daniel 6:10 testifies, “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.”
Looking into the word of God as a mirror daily will secure your destiny to the glory of God.
Prayer for today: Ask to give your life to the word of God
consistently as a mirror to be dressed by God for deliverance.
Faith Capsule: Let not your heart be troubled.
What is troubling to you?
Do not be troubled, disallow worrying.
To become troubled and worrying in the face of challenge is the evidence of not looking up to God for His intervention.
When keeping eyes on confronting the challenge, one is set to misplace focus on God.
Are you giving yourself to trouble?
Are you beholding your challenge or you are looking up to God?
Exodus 14:10-12 documents the evidence about how troubling challenge overwhelms the Israelites, the learning for all in the journey of life, “And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord. Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”
Does that sound like you?
The Israelites knowing fully well that God is able but gave into fear when they failed to look up to God in His word, for His deliverance and to defend.
The Israelites were worried and troubled as a result they gave to negative confession.
The solution to challenges demands focusing on God and the word of His promise.
The Israelites were worried and troubled to give to negative confession.
The solution to challenges demands focusing on God and the word of His promise. Despite all the powerful teachings of Jesus against fear and worrying, the disciples went ahead and locked themselves up in fear of the Jews. “Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19) While they were being locked up in the state of fear, Jesus showed up and declared peace. Jesus, the Word of God is the Prince of peace.
Look up to Jesus as Lord and Savior He is always around to uphold you.
Faith in Jesus will cause peace to reign.
After Jesus had spoken peace into His disciple’s life, the eyes of their minds were opened to see the mark of crucifixion. “When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.” (John 20:20) Seeing the mark opened up the disciples to come out of fear. If you will begin to see the marks of crucifixion and believe that the marks were registered on Jesus for us to be able to have life abundantly, the fear about all that is going on around the world will not have its place in your life.
The right choice for all is, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1) Prayer for today: Ask against having trouble as your focus. Prayer for today: Ask against having trouble as your focus.
Prayer for today: Ask against having trouble as your focus.
FAITH CAPSULE: Do not be careless with God’s direction.
The carelessness of any man is not keeping the word of God.Proverbs 19:16 warns, “He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die.” (Proverbs 19:16)
Are you keeping yourself in the word of God for His direction over your life?
The book of Jonah 1:1-3 states, “Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.”
Jonah was careless not to keep God’s direction over his life.
When God calls and sends one out with His direction, He will back you up not to fail.
In God’s commandment for the direction, He is available to keep one to the expected end. Often, a man stumbles and takes a position of self-destruction.
Jonah supposed to obey as commanded by God regardless of what seemed right to him.
Have you received the calling of God in a specific direction?
God called Moses out to lead the children of Israel out of the bondage of over four hundred years.
Moses, out of his concern for God, reacted to the rebellious act of the children of Israel towards God.
Moses took it upon himself to strike the rock, not to speak to the rock for water. God responded to Moses’ reaction, “Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” (Numbers 20:12)
The same God sent Samuel to go and anoint David as king while Saul was still living as the King. Samuel was concerned about God’s command when he asked, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” (1 Samuel 16:2) Out of concern, Samuel could have responded by going his own way but gave himself to God’s command. God responded to Samuel’s question, “…Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.”1 Samuel 16:2-3) Samuel’s concern could not corrupt his obedience to God’s command.
God alone knows the end from the beginning, He knew us before we were born. Disallow your concern by allowing His command to be established in your life.
Prayer for today: Ask that God’s direction be established over