Consider the Ostrich: Job 39 and God’s Commentary on His Creation – Part I

The book of Job, which is an exploration of the problem of human suffering, contains some of the most descriptive language about the natural world in all of Scriptures.  Job 39 in particular sees G…

Source: Consider the Ostrich: Job 39 and God’s Commentary on His Creation – Part I

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If as a Christian you are still arguing for a little alcohol, you need help
URGENTLY!!!
THE TRUTH YOU SHOULD KNOW;
In the Old Testament kings and priests were not to take alcohol; others could do.
For those who were allowed to take alcohol in the Old Testament they were not to take it excessively. That was in the Old Testament. However, even in the Old
Testament, priests and kings were not to take alcohol (Prov. 31:4).
In the New Testament, Jesus made all Christians ‘kings and priests’ (Rev. 1:6). So,
the way kings and priests were not to take alcohol in the Old Testament, the same
way it applies in the New Testament. The difference is that in the Old Testament
not everyone was a priest or king, but in the New Testament, Christ has made us kings and priests. So, it is no longer about taking a little alcohol, it is all about not
taking any alcohol.
The argument by people is that it is not written literary in the Bible that drinking
alcohol is not acceptable. These people follow the letter (logos) of the word but the
letter killeth (2 Cor. 3:6). Between the letters lie deep and eternal truths. Don’t read
the Bible from the surface; be opened to truths which the Spirit reveals. It may not support what you always knew or strongly held to, but it will help you live pleasing
to God.

The secret place of the Most High is a place of retreat in His presence. It is a place
of being alone with God. It is not a place of commonness, rather it is a place of
secrecy as not every body is able to access and dwell in such a place with Him. The
secret place of the Most High God is a place of serious and intense seeking of the
Almighty; It is not for those who are laid back and cannot wait upon Him; rather it is a place of contending for the faith which was once delivered unto us saints ( Jude
3 ).
Psalm 91:1 KJV
[1] He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the
shadow of the Almighty.
If we want God’s cover and protection, we must learn to access God and dwell in His secret place. For the avoidance of doubt, therefore, we will be looking at a few
areas that constitute dwelling in His secret place and the benefits that accrue
therefrom.
Dwelling in His secret place may mean any of the following:
1. The place of Prayer: Prayer is one thing that a Christian who wants to have
divine cover from evil cannot do without. It is commonly said to be the master key through which all doors of impossibilities are unlocked. I have personally seen
prayer turn around situations. The scriptures are also replete with such examples.
A case in point is that of Peter who was held in prison by Herod waiting to be
executed after Easter. As the church fervently prayed, he was released divinely.
( Acts 12: 1-16 )
The bible says in the book of James; James 5:16 KJV
[16] Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be
healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
2. The place of meditation on God’s word and obedience: A Christian who does not
habitually digest God’s word is akin to a prayer less Christian ( Jos 1:8 ). The result
therefore is that there will be no power in his life and ministry. 3. The place of righteousness: This is a state of having a sanctified heart, seeking
the things which are above and not the things beneath. In this state, God stands
for you as a result of your submission to Him. The bible says that the kingdom of
God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost
( Romans 14:17 ).
4. The Name of the Lord: This is a very powerful way of dwelling in His presence. The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and is safe.
( Prov. 18:10 ). Nothing can ever harm you if you hibernate under the name of the
Lord. That name is too powerful. David used that name to defeat Goliath. What
about you?
Though the name of the Lord is very powerful, scripture says that He has magnified
his word above all his name. ( Psalm 138:2 ). 5. The place of praise: Praise as they say is Good’s food. He draws from our praise
of Him and nourishes himself.
Psalm 22:3 KJV
[3] But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
In 2 Chron. 20, King Jehoshaphat overcame the confederation of the three kings
who came to battle against him through the instrumentality of praise. May the Lord help us to always dwell in His secret place.
These are just a few of the ways you can dwell in the secret place of the most
High.

Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated
as much as they wanted…
John 6:11
Nothing depreciates in the face of appreciation.
Favour and additions answer to praise (Acts 2:47) Appreciation always yield multiplication –John.6:11.
A grateful heart is the guarantee for a fruitful life.
Never you ask, “What is this?” if you don’t want it to remain as it is.
”What is this?” was the question the children of Israel asked that led to their not
having change of menu.
Murmuring leads to stagnation and emptiness. At the root of appreciation is contentment.
Contentment destroys murmuring.
Lifting God up is what lifts you up from lack and want. John.12:32.
Failure to appreciate God is a robber of destiny.
Truly, appreciation of God leads to appreciation of destiny.

What Is Discipleship?
The misdemeanour and recalcitrant behaviour of the siblings and children of God’s
servants all over the nations today is a major source of concern to every serious
minded christian, and to us in particular.
The devil has not spared in ridiculing the ministry among the unbelieving world because of the negative testimonies and scandals oozing out of the homes of
several of our reputed and local gospel ministers. Many pastors have been forced
to stop preaching and resigned from the ministry in shame because of their
children.
Recall that Eli the priest was not particularly faulted for his personal sins, but the
lives of Hophni and Phinehas his children contradicted the very words he preached from the pulpit. As such, that man of God was disgracefully laid aside.
Samuel that mighty prophet of honour and integrity judged Israel over 50 years
during which he turned back their hearts from apostasy to the ways of the living
God. Just when he would have retired in peace to bear an eternal reward for that
accomplishment- the elders of the land rose up to challenge the wisdom of
following God after all “give us a king like other nations “ they said, “for your children are not like you”.

Please i want to know how a christian sister is suppose to dress. Thank You sir
Accepted Answer
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go
not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto
you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you
into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that
shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:7-8, 13 “For as many
as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14 If you want
to truly please God in every area of your life style, then get to know how to walk in
the Spirit and not in the flesh. Do not seek for rules and regulations or laws of “Do” and “Don’t”, which you may not even obey though you may be told the truth. Have
you not ever seen true Godly women around you? Don’t you see how they dress?
Even if you have not and you yourself you are a true Christian sister, then seek to
hear God for yourself and learn to obey Him when He lays a thing in your heart to
do. If you have establish a real relationship with the Holy Spirit and you are search
the scripture, then you can never be in the dark as to what is the standard of God for His daughter over any issue, even dressing. The next time you pick up what to
wear, even if you are to wear it around your compound, answer to yourself why you
want to wear what you are about to wear. Is it for yourself, for someone, or for
God? I expect that if you are a child of God, then you should know that you are not
living for yourself, nor for some human being, but for God and His pleasure. Dress
not to please men, not even yourself, but God. The mind of God is not hidden to those who are sincere in their heart to truly please Him. If you are one of such
people, God will never leave you in the dark as to your dressing that will please
Him. God bless you.

As I was reading through a publication of one of the great men of God of our time
Pastor W.F. Kumuyi , the Holy Spirit ministered to me to share the message with
you.
This message therefore, is an excerpt from Pastor Kumuyi’s teaching which I am
fully persuaded will bring revival to your life. Imagine the thrill of hearing the shout of the Lord Jesus Christ, the voice of the
archangel and the trumpet of God. Imagine being caught up to the sky and
meeting the glorious Christ with His open arms ready to hold you for all eternity.
The Rapture! Yes, the Rapture, the ultimate hope of every Christian. The Rapture
is the catching away from the earth of all living saints and those who died in the
Lord. The Scriptures record it will happen. “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:52).
Though all true Christians eagerly await this event, nobody knows the exact day or
time it will happen. (Matt. 24:36). Indeed the rapture is inevitable. It will occur
suddenly and unexpectedly! Numerous signs and events worldwide indicate that
the event is imminent and it’s what the church is waiting for. In fact, it is closer than
you expect. As a Christian, you need to be conscious of and be ready for it. Guard against any thing that will make you miss that moment; for it will be suicidal if you
don’t make the rapture. You may be doomed forever.
One thing that can prevent you from partaking in the rapture, if you don’t deal with
it right now is unforgiving spirit. The seeds of unforgiving spirit are planted when
you are wronged or hurt in some way. It could be a physical, emotional or verbal
hurt. It could be a hurt you experienced in childhood or adulthood. It really makes no difference. The thing is, you harbour in the deep recess of your heart, a canker,
a hurt, a feeling of resentment, a dislike, or even hatred because of the unpleasant
experiences you have had with past and present associations.
Whatever offence or sin others have committed against you in the past or present;
God’s command is that you forgive them. Jesus says in Matt 6:15, ” If ye forgive not
men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. ” It is so easy for you to receive God’s forgiveness, but if you don’t forgive those who offend you,
God won’t forgive even the hurt, resentment, anger, and hate you harbour against
them in your heart. Unforgiving spirit will thwart your spiritual growth, prevent you
from rising to your full potential and drag you to the depths of hell. But when you
are released from it’s hold, you will soar to celestial heights; you will be raptured
with the saints. So don’t harbour ill feelings against anybody in your heart. When you’re hurt
choose to forgive. Pray for grace to let go of offences, no matter how severe they
are, how deeply you have been hurt, and how they have impacted your life.
Choosing to release your offender from his indebtedness is to be like the Lord
Jesus Christ who forgave all your sins and offences against Him. (Psalm 32:5;
Colossians 3:13). Besides forgiving others, you should also clear your own offences. It has been said
that hurt people hurt people. Recognise when you hurt others, and be ready to
seek forgiveness from them. Restore whatever you have ill-gotten from them and
apologise for the pain, hurt, injustice, and disappointment you’ve caused them as
well as the betrayal of their trust. Finally, maintain a consistent holy and righteous
walk with God, for ” Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” say the scriptures (1 John 3:3 ). This is the way to be rapture-ready.

Sleep is desirable and is recommended highly by medical scientists. It is essential
for body repair, growth and development and also helps for good metabolism. The
natural sleep is a state of suspension of consciousness; it is a state of inactivity in
which case the individual is unprepared and can be taken unawares.
Having explained what natural sleep is, we will go further to look at sleep from the spiritual perspective. Whilst natural sleep is desirable, spiritual sleep is not.
Spiritual sleep is therefore a state of backsliding; it is akin to spiritual compromise
and sin. It is like giving place to the devil and opening doors for him to establish a
foothold on the individual’s life ( Ephesians 5:27 ). It is a state of lukewarmness
and insensitivity to spiritual things.
Spiritual sleep for a Christian is dangerous. Christians need to be alert and prepared at all times. The coming of the Lord shall be sudden; as a result we need
to be alert so that we are not caught unawares. Spiritual sleep is also a state of
inactivity in the Church of God ( body of Christ ). The main purpose of salvation for
every believer, is for you to serve in His vineyard. You are saved to also bring
others to Christ. It is therefore unacceptable for a Christian to remain at ease in
Zion ( the Church of God ). Amos 6:1 KJV
[1] Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria,
which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!
Just imagine God our Father, if He were to sleep and lose consciousness, the devil
would have made a mincemeat of us. The Bible says that He neither slumbers nor
sleeps. He is spiritually awake all the time knowing that the devil moves about like a roaring lion seeking whom to devour. (1 Peter 5:8 ).
Psalm 121:4 KJV
[4] Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
As Christians we are called to watch and pray. That is alertness!!
Mark 13:35-37 KJV
[35] Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: [36] Lest coming
suddenly he find you sleeping. [37] And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
When men sleep, the enemy sees an opportunity to perform his evil machinations,
in their lives, in the church, in families, in towns, in countries etc. This is why we
must abstain from every appearance of evil, be very prayerful, and study the word
of God continuously. Matthew 13:24-28 KJV
[24] Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is
likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: [25] But while men slept,
his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. [26] But
when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares
also. [27] So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? [28] He said unto
them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we
go and gather them up?
The parable of the ten virgins is a very good illustration. The scriptures say that
“while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept” ( Matt. 25:5 ). May this
not be your portion. May revival come into your heart as you meditate on this piece. May we like the Christians at Thessalonica heed the advise of Apostle Paul which
says:
1 Thessalonians 5:6 KJV
[6] Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

“When He Comes… Beware of Empty Doctrine”
So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
Now Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have
died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.’Jesus
said to her, ‘your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to Him, ‘I know that he will rise
again in the resurrection at the last day.’Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And
whosoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”She said
to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ the Son of God who is to come
into the world.
John 11:17, 21-27 NKJV:
The above conversation between our LORD and Martha has a lot to teach us, as regards the matter of labouring with Him in Revival.
Martha was a principal seeker of Jesus for the deliverance of Lazarus. She took the
lead in sending for Jesus; but something seemed to have happened to her faith in
the whole thing. This was revealed in her discussion with the LORD, on the way.
Let us note here that the determination of Jesus to come this far was not in
consultation with Martha. It was Christ’s deliberate choice. He was already on His way with a clear focus “I am going to wake him up.” But two miles to the spot of his
intention, Martha kept him at a standstill, while she fussed around in an act of
unbelief, which appeared to be a genuine display of knowledge.
1. Beware of Empty Doctrine
“LORD, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now, I know
that whatever you ask of God, God will give You.” This was all correct theologically. It was all well laid out in terms of expression. It
was very brilliant but it lacked latent ingredient in the heart. Martha was committed
to doctrine so much that she could not see the personality of Christ standing right
there with her. “Your brother will rise again” was the Master’s firm declaration
because he had come to wake him up. It was a determinate counsel he took far
away in Judea, even before He started on the journey to Bethany. Martha could have asked: when and how will it happen? And that would have left a room for
divine instruction and impartation of faith … but she retorted almost by reflex: “I
know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
The presumption that we all fall into severally is to claim to know, rather than all at
His feet to learn what He is currently doing and teaching us. We fix permanent
interpretations to Scriptures and expect nothing new or different. We quote scriptures copiously, insisting that we know what the Author has in mind when he
first gave the inspiration. It turns us to become rigid, unbending, non-compassiona
te scribes of the holy writ, without the grace of His presence. True, Martha quoted
what she must have heard the Master teach in one of His teaching sessions with
the disciples but she missed a matter here. All Scriptures only become alive and
relevant when He comes and quickens them again. While we must be faithful to the context of Scriptures all the time, we must live in the consciousness that it is
the Spirit (who is presently, currently and continuously abiding and seeking to
unveil the mind of Christ and the purpose of God to us) that brings life and reality
to the Word we read or quote.
Martha was unwittingly rendering the personal presence of Jesus unnecessary, by
holding to the Scriptures she earlier learnt. This was the same mistake of the Pharisees. They learnt all the Scriptures. They gave excellent exegesis of the word
of God, but when the WORD Himself came, they stumbled at Him because of
unbelief. They expected Him not to have come the way he came. This actually was
because “they knew not the scriptures nor the power of God.”
This to me is the first hindrance we must watch in our lives. Many great Bible
scholars and even well-meaning evangelical Christians miss out on the move of the Spirit of God and of the power of God in revival, because, their commitment to
Scripture would not allow them give attention to Him who has come to the shores
of their situation. They become so rigid at applying the Scriptures that they
become critical and suspicious of anything or anyone who does not fit into what
they used to know. It becomes more dangerous, when we silently resist Jesus and
His Spirit at work, with our mental knowledge of the Holy Scriptures.

In this piece, we will be looking at recession in contemporary times and what the
attitude of the Christian should be.
In the layman’s language, recession is generally a time of famine, loss of jobs,
skyrocketing prices of goods and services and basic essential commodities as a
result of bad prevailing economic circumstances. It is not new as it dates back even to Bible times ( Gen. 12:10; Gen. 26:1 ). Remember, it was famine that eventually
drove Jacob and his children to settle in Egypt. During this time, people are
generally advised to be careful in spending, save more to be able to withstand
future eventualities.
For a real Christian, while it is good to be careful with your expenditure at this time,
it is important to say here that ultimately God is your source. The Bible says in the book of Philippians:
Philippians 4:19 KJV
[19] But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ
Jesus.
Your survival and sustenance at this time is not because you are a shrewd saver, or
that you are too careful, but because you are a child of covenant and nothing more being a Christian.
Your survival does not depend on the economy of where you reside, but on the
abundant economy of God. The book of Job says:
Job 22:29 KJV
[29] When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall
save the humble person. You must be mindful of your confessions at this time, as negative confessions will
land you into fear and difficulties. Yes we know, things may be generally tight, but
continue confessing positively that your case is different and God will make it so.
Genesis 26:1-3,12-14 KJV
[1] And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days
of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. [2] And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the
land which I shall tell thee of: [3] Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and
will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I
will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; [12] Then Isaac
sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord
blessed him. [13] And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: [14] For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds,
and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.
This is a time to be hard working, and prayerful to know what God is saying to you.
Engage in some good venture that God will see and bless the work of your hands.