And Samson called unto the Lord and said, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.” And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and the other with his left. And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” And he bowed himself with might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. (Judges 16:28-30)

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God raised up Samson as a judge for Israel. Some of the exploits of Samson during his hay days are super human and a clear demonstration of God’s Spirit working through Samson. Yet, Samson’s lifestyle as a womaniser worked in the enemy’s favour and the secret to Samson’s strength was out in the open. God’s covenant with Samson was in his seven locks of hair, untouched by any razor and that was the secret of his strength. Now, in the palace of Philistines, with his head tonsured, eyes plucked out, tied up in stocks, ridiculed by all and sundry, Samson was at the lowest point of his life. In fact it can’t get any lower, not to mention the embarrassment of the one being named and shamed. If we could scan through the mind of Samson, he would have felt worthless, ridiculed by one and all and the greatest condemnation of all being the fact that he broke God’s covenant with him. Samson deserved to be in this place because he brought this upon himself. The last thing on anyone’s mind at the lowest point of their life, especially when it’s one of their own doing, is to expect God to turn up on that circumstance. Continue reading
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Blessed is the man whom you chastise, O Lord, and teach him out of your law; that you may give him rest from the days of adversity; until the pit be dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will He forsake His inheritance. (Psalm 94:12-14)

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There is a punchy revelation in this seemingly contradicting couple of verses. For years, the doctrine of God’s chastisement has been preached from the context of divine punishment on sinful man. Believers have been made to receive every lying symptom of the curse (disease, poverty, disaster) as manifestations of God’s chastisement over their lives. If that was so, the psalmist is making a mistake by calling the chastised man, blessed! Nothing could be further from the truth. A clear understanding of these verses by the revelation of the Holy Spirit will actually help us appreciate the love of Jesus for each of us! Continue reading
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The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and find Philip, and say unto him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said unto him. We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip said unto him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Nathanael said unto Him, Whence know you me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” (John 1:43-48)

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Here is a beautiful first encounter of Philip and Nathanael with Jesus. Through these verses the Holy Spirit portrays the beauty of our Lord Jesus Christ. When were you saved? Did you know that we didn’t find Jesus but He found us? If you aren’t a believer in Christ yet, did you know the very reason you’re reading this post is because Jesus orchestrated your circumstances today, in such a manner, that at this very moment you’re reading about the love of a Saviour! No, with God, there are no coincidences and Jesus knew you way before you began reading this post and He’s been reaching out to you with His love. This is exactly what we find in this divine encounter. The verse begins by stating that Jesus went into Galilee to find Philip. But notice what Philip says in the succeeding verse – “we have found Him.” Continue reading
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One of the malefactors which were hanged railed on Him, saying, “If you be Christ, save yourself and us.” But the other answering rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, seeing you are in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this Man has done nothing amiss.” And he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And Jesus said unto him, “Verily, I say unto you, today you shall be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43)

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There are only two types of people in this world and these two types are perfectly represented by these two thieves on either side of our Lord Jesus Christ. An observation of these two thieves will help us understand why grace is still a scandalous subject to many. The first thief saw Jesus as nothing more than a con artiste. Why? I’m sure he would have heard and known and even seen Jesus move among the people, healing them, restoring them, showing them His heart of love. This thief has heard that Jesus is the Christ or the Messiah but He never believed it or valued it. Why? The problem is himself. This man has not acknowledged his unworthiness yet! This man, in spite of hanging on the cross for his conviction as thief, still didn’t see his relative disqualification. This thief belittled Jesus because he did not see the need for Him. Folks, this is the biggest deception the world is under! Continue reading
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For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that has not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil. (Ecclesiastes 2:21)

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King Solomon talks about the travails of man under the sun, which in essence is the world around us. He’s not able to get to terms with the fact that a man toils and labours all his life only to leave all the fruit of his labour as inheritance to his children. This is Solomon in the natural and he’s not able to justify the way the whole set up of life works. His sense of justice is disturbed to know that someone who doesn’t labour gets to enjoy all the inheritance. Like Solomon, our natural thinking seldom understands true love and grace when we view life from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Why is this important, anyway? Continue reading
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And the Lord God said, “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.” (Genesis 3:22)

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God never meant for man to die but man brought death upon himself by eating off of the wrong tree. Death not just refers to physical death, but also barrenness or lifelessness in every situation including health. When Adam ate of the fruit, his physical death happened 900 over years later. It’s the mercy of God that He banished Adam and Eve out of Eden, lest they eat of the tree of life and live forever. If Adam lived forever in his sin nature, there’s no way for redemption to happen to man. Death reigned through Adam and psychologists say that all the phobias and fears of the world have their root in the fear of death. But there was something in the garden of Eden that was even more powerful than death and God had to banish Adam out of it! Continue reading
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Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusts in you: yeah, in the shadow of your wings will I make my refuge, until calamities overpast. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performs for me. He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. My soul is among lions: and I lie among them that are set on fire, the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. (Psalm 57:1-4)

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A beautiful psalm of David when he was fleeing from Saul and hid in a cave. Did you know where God was? He wasn’t with Saul in the palace but with David in the cave. In fact, David and his band of men were running a worship service within the cave and this is one of his songs. David was a man who had a clear revelation of the coming Saviour and nearly everything he did was borne out of this understanding. I said all that to show David didn’t do the “logical” anyone else would have done, given the situation. Saul was right inside the cave and all David had to do was pounce on him and his band of men would have more than be willing to accommodate his wish. After all, Saul had come in search of David to kill him and he came inside the cave to answer nature’s call. The opportunity was just perfect for David to pay back Saul, but David didn’t. Continue reading
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