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December 2015

Cheer up!

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Psalms 2:4-7.

Humour and laughter were not attributes of the wise growing up. Humorous individuals are regarded as basemen and not to be minded. Learned and wise persons were strict, stoic and authoritative. They rarely laughed nor promoted humour; ancient wisdom at work. Such were attributed to God, the church and his ministers.

Godliness was equated to being strict, authoritative and harsh. The ancient of days laughs and has a great sense of humour. What that God laughs was in contrast to the basic knowledge I had of him The more I knew God, it became obvious that laughter was God’s wisdom. In the face of daunting challenges, the wisdom of God provokes humour.

Humour and laughter are part of the solution. The challenge is supposed to steal your joy and sour your humour.

When God laughs, judgement is about to be delivered to foolishness. When challenges call, instead of seriousness, he laughs. Laughter is part of the solution, seriousness is a lack of solution. Joseph was not under pressure, he was a cheerful person. Challenges are tools to glory, laugh your way to solutions. Your situation is no challenge to God, so he laughs. His wisdom provokes laughter, laugh also. Every genuine son has access to this wisdom in mirth not in sorrow. No challenge is strong enough to affect your joy. The ancient of days laughs so should you. The Ancient of days is cheerfully wise with the solution. Cheer up! In trouble be of good cheer, it’s part of the solution, the wisdom solution. You will never be stranded, you will laugh to win.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”John 16:33.

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Above all.

 

He must increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. John 3:30-31.

This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. James 3:15-16.

Traveling is my hobby and I always try to learn something new on my way. Just like the song goes, travel and see.

Wisdom defines you, your greatness and goodness. It can also limit or liberate a person, people, community, nation or continent. Traveling offers the opportunity to compare and contrast wisdom brands. On the way, different kind of wisdom come calling. Nigerian, British, Ethiopian, Ugandan, Chinese, European, American wisdom.

As nations, communities, corporation organization and people multiply, wisdom increases. What is the worth of your wisdom, national, personal or territorial. Until you posses a wisdom beyond these, it may restrict instead of release.

Growth is relative to the brand; confusion, competition, strife and envy. When heavenly wisdom comes in, every other wisdom must step down. Then he that is from above becomes above all, he must increase. Your  brand of wisdom may be the reason for being  grounded or earthly. He that is from above ensures you are equipped with wisdom to step up. The wisdom from above gives position above all. Your increase in life is connected to increase of the wisdom of God. This is the wisdom that works everywhere and anywhere. The wisdom from above keeps above in every nation, community or people. Earthly wisdom is restrictive, many are grounded by it. Wisdom from above is key to continental, national, regional or personal liberty. Joseph was not from Egypt, for wisdom, Egypt needed him more than he needed Egypt So also Daniel, sought after by Babylon for the wisdom of God. That is the worth of wisdom from above; it makes international & heavenly citizens.  When this wisdom is at work, your nationality shall be forgotten. Step up, be above all, by wisdom from above.

“Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

By me, kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.”Proverbs 8:14-16.

The King and a clown

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17.
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15.
The day is Boxing day, and gifts lights up the celebration of Christ. God is the father of lights, light is his invention and gifts his lifestyle. One of the hallmarks of Christmas is the exchange of gifts. Jesus Christ and the kingdom of Heaven are God’s gift for the season. God is the father of lights; the gift is Christ, he gives gifts to men. These are good and perfect gifts for a perfect Christmas. The gifts are free, it makes men free. The gift of God meets every need of man. The wise men also gave gifts fitting for the King; Gold, frankincense & myrrh. These gifts were given in worship; symbolic of the office of the King & Priest. The gift of à Saviour from God the father, not from Santa. God is the most generous giver, no one can ever out-give him. In Christ, heaven was given to the earth; his Kingdom came. When Christ the gift of God is received, hè gives gifts to men. Thank God for his unspeakable gift to man. The gift of God is the highest gift, good and perfect gift to men. Incomparable to gifts expected from the North pole from the King of Clowns. À joke already taken too far; Jesus is coming to town, not Santa Claus. À gift of toys cannot compare to the gift of Christ to the world. An ornament of plastic and à jewel for life and eternity. Your gift is Christ, your portion is his Kingdom; gifts to men. Recieve nothing less this Christmas. The gifts is for those who know the king and belong to his kingdom. Every good and perfect heavenly gift is yours today from the father. Recieve the gift of Christ at Chrismas. Jesus Christ has come to town. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

SUN 10:22

Say his name! For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7. Names are powerful tools for identity and destiny. After the birth of a child, his name is the next quest. For a king with a lineage, names of former powerful kings are speculated. For this king, his name was prophesied. Multiple characteristics were documented, defining his identity & destiny. His name shall be wonderful, counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting father. That does not sound like a name but a vivid capture of his life in essence. Names follow persons and their lineages; they are not simple terms. “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”Luke 1:31-33. There is no contradiction between the prophets and the angel. It’s the same God, the same name, the same purpose, identity and destiny. For every child given to man, a name is also given. May the names of your children be covenant names indeed. Jesus is his name, the course of his life was defined in the name. He has a human name, which was also his covenant name. His name is above every other name, everything and everyone bows. His kingdom has no end, great ones come and go but his kingdom reigns for ever. In his name his kingdom is provoked. His name is the password to everything in his kingdom and in heaven, on earth and under the earth. One name for everything. He name saves, delivers and heals; his name shall be called Jesus Christ. He is the king, his kingdom has come; this is Christmas. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”Philippians 2:10-11.

09:26

Born to reign. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom,to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7. The birth of Jesus is the beginning of the kingdom of God on the earth. This kingdom is not only spiritual but physical with members & structures. The government is upon the shoulders of Jesus Christ. The Church is the extension of this government on the earth. You are either a participant or a spectator. Now understand ye why the palace railed at the birth of Jesus Christ. This is the reason for the friendship of Herod & Pilate at his crucifixion. He was born to rein eternally. The reason for Governments is to provide solutions to life situation. This duty is often unfulfilled and the population deprived. Jesus is not running a parallel government, his government supersedes all. The greatest need of man is the foundation of his government; salvation. The beauty of his government is that every member has equal access to him. Equity justice and judgement is the character of his throne. Jesus is the Governor of the universe. Upon the throne of David, he orders, establishes, judges and adjudicates. Human governments cannot deliver on their promises without his help. He does not need them, they always need him. Every agenda that stood the test of time was as directed by him. Every human government that takes a detour from his plan crashes. Now you know who is in charge in the nations of the world. He is the King of kings & Lord of lords; he was born to reign for ever. It starts with you; his throne is in your heart. He is lord of all or not lord at all. It’s time to exchange the temporal for the eternal. Jesus is Lord. “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”John 18:37.

Wisdom for perfection

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17.

Wisdom gives rise to durable and custom made solutions. Wisdom is the solution to every situation in life. Joseph gave Egypt a fourteen-year development plan that saved nations and generations. The same plan was run by many nations who moved from third world to first world. Creating value for every product, making generational instead of seasonal plans  The solution started with the nation of Egypt but every nation under the sun that acknowledges the wisdom of God in Joseph is saved from breakdown. Wisdom is ageless, timeless and tireless. If it worked in previous generations, it’s working for you. The wisdom of God is always on time; every time is the right time to be wise.

Just like the parts of a car, it fits and works perfectly everytime. When the wrong part is fitted, it may work for a while before breaking other parts. Whenever the wisdom of God is replaced by the wisdom of the world, things, systems and processes fail. As the saying goes, by their fruits we shall know them. The wisdom of this world fails; Politically, economically, socially, culturally and religiously. Whatever is failing around you is the wrong part, the wrong wisdom.

Turn around to the wisdom from above for perfection. Nothing works perfectly until the wisdom that makes it work is found. Wisdom is that missing part for perfection. What is created by the wisdom of God can only be sustained by the same wisdom. Nothing is permitted to fail around you again, whatever is fallen is restored by his wisdom.

The solution continues; wisdom for perfection.

“Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me, kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.”Proverbs 8:14-18.

The king is born.

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Matthew 2:2.

Pilate, therefore, said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. John 18:37.

Whenever a king is born, peculiar events occur. Watching the events following the birth of Prince George reinforced this idea. Enthroned at conception, delivered as the King. Instead of a prince, he was born a king, the king of a new kingdom. Where is he that is born King? The wise men asked from the establishment. There was no announcement, a death decree instead came from the palace. Born in a manger, surrounded by straw for the animals, compassed by the host of heaven. Heaven was ecstatic, the angels announced to shepherds in the fields. He was not only the King of the jews, he was also King of heaven. Glory shone around, signs of heaven witnessed on the earth. His star was seen, a shining star, the bright and morning star. The wise see it and follow to find the king. They did not worship the star, they worshipped the king. Their gifts were symbolic & fitting for the king; Gold & frankincense & myrrh. Born a king, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, lived on the earth a lamb. Christmas is the worship of the king and celebration of the kingdom of God. The king is born, the king is born, worship the king of kings. The government is upon his shoulders. His names; wonderful,

Christmas is the worship of the king and celebration of the kingdom of God. The king is born, the king is born, worship the king of kings. The government is upon his shoulders. His names; wonderful, Consellor, the mighty God, the everlasting God, the prince of Peace, Jesus Christ; in a manger. His birth place and humble nativity did not define nor decide his status Every king bows willy-nilly; he continues to reign in life and eternity. Hè reigns as King and his kingdom has come; the wise worship him. That is the essence of Christmas; The King is Born. Hè was Born for this, you are Born for him ; the king and his Kingdom. Worship The King and may your Christmas be Merry. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”Isaiah 9:6-7.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”Isaiah 9:6-7.

 

I am Moses!

 

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Romans 11:33-34.

He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. Psalms 103:7.

The wisdom of God is very deep, it is God’s treasure. Wisdom is not the product of experiment or experience It is prophetic and sure; something new with every encounter.

Wisdom declares the future and guides into a glorious future. Those that guess end up in a mess, wisdom reveals the future in pictures. Moses had access to this wisdom, it was made known to him. Those that know the ways make waves on the earth. It’s a ticket to exceptional living. Making news without noise. Wisdom, therefore, is the ways of God and the mind of God. It gives access to what God is doing per time. Wisdom upgrades to God’s class. The ways of God are the highways of life

Those that know not the ways watch the acts of God; spectators. Those that know the ways take steps, make moves that make the news. Wisdom makes news makers without being a noise maker. Being in tune with God, make news on the earth; good-news. You shall not be a spectator in life, you will know what to do. Those that wait for news are stranded, making right moves make the news.

The wisdom of God gives access to new things. What eyes have not seen nor ears heard is yours to know. Something fresh from heaven is dropping into your life and destiny. It’s prophetic, it’s the wisdom of God. Your next move is revealed or made known as was to Moses.Wisdom makes a Moses of you to your peers. Receive it now. #I am Moses.

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”1 Corinthians 2:9-10.

Original not digital.

But where shall wisdom be found?and where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me. It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. Job 28:12-15.

When I was much younger, I ran into a group who foray into diabolic wisdom. Some were ecstatic about their experience and touted higher levels. A word like level 333, 777, 555 and diverse combination were their diction.

It sounded good for adventure seeking youths. Some books with the middle east and far east inscriptions were there dictionaries. After all, the wise men came from the east following his star. I knew something was wrong about this yet I didn’t know what. They were searching for answers and diabolic wisdom seemed like it. Sooner it became clear that this was a brand of foolishness. Some suffered nervous breakdowns, others became the wacko.  Some are yet to recover from that foray into magic and mysticism. Where shall wisdom be found? What about understanding.

The tabs, pads and the apps lack it. Those that look up go up, those that look around are stranded and looking down brings to the depth. These persons were looking down while expecting to go up. Diabolic wisdom grounds destinies, the deeper the more stranded. Only the wisdom from above can elevate and enthrone. Those that know him go up, the more know the higher you go. Want to be a high flier? Get more of Christ; he is the wisdom of God.

It not magical or digital, it’s original. The wisdom of God is not taught by far east religion and observances.

It is not found in the land of the living but from heaven. The digital age does not come close, it’s neither in the depth or in the seas. It is in Christ, it’s him to show if you look up in his word. Wisdom is in his word, his voice gives counsel, direction and teaching.

Wisdom gives access to heaven, its original location.

“This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish..”James 3:15.

“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.”Revelation 4:1.

Na  me senior you.

 

And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled:only in the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.Genesis 41:38-41.

I have this elder brother, colleague and friend who greets me in a peculiar way. “Na me senior you” he always says, every time and in every place, not minding who is listening. I thought I would have grown up by now after many years but he never stops.

He is sincerely older in every way; was leaving med school when I got. Met him in the church as a leader as a new convert, he left campus a leader in ministry when I was a member of the fellowship. I worked with him in his own hospital as a Houseman after graduation. So he’s clearly out of my league; come to think of it, he is right. Wisdom determines your age, not your chronology. You are as old as your wisdom, the wisest becomes the father not necessarily the oldest. Before engaging the contest of age, win the contest of wisdom. Wisdom announces your age, your position & your portion. Wisdom ends the struggle and transforms endurance to enjoyment. Let wisdom speak for you; age limits but the wisdom of God is ageless. For those that celebrate the wisdom of age, welcome the wisdom of the world to come. The wisdom of the world to come or heavenly wisdom is way over and above the wisdom of this world.

“Na me senior you,” one wisdom says to the other. Without competition one wisdom becomes foolishness in the face of the other. So far as the heaven is higher than the earth, the wisdom of God is higher and greater than the wisdom of this world. “Na me senior you” now you know why; wisdom has no competition in the face of foolishness. Wisdom reigns.

“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect:yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:” 1 Corinthians 2:6-7.

Contemporary Christmas.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6.
Christmas means many things to many people. A holiday, a season of exchanging gifts and showing kindness and Santa Claus. I don’t know what Christmas means to you. It’s about the birth of the king and the kingdom of God. Kings give justice and judgement, but this kings is the solution to life situations. He is the way, the truth and the life. Knowing the King and belonging to the kingdom makes Christmas real.
It is amazing that the whole world is fixated on a manger with a baby. Is he the most popular baby in town? Many likes, but not many followers. For being the king and the kingdom come, the manger was exchanged to a gift bag; another kind of gift. A Santa Claus instead of the father God. A holiday instead of a holy day; what is Christmas to you? The songs tell it all, the symbols speak volumes. There are many party makers, we sing and dance for different reasons. The song may not be about the king and his kingdom. The Christ in Christmas may have been substituted for an orgy of shame. That’s why many die, maimed, harmed or hurt. The shepherds had a party but none was harmed by angelic appearances.
The wise men travelled a long way to Bethlehem without incidents or accidents. They were warned against returning to the king for obvious reasons. That was the first Christmas and we remember many more 2000 years running. If Christmas hurts you, it’s fake Christ is born to save and keep you from all evil. The celebration is for those who know the king and belong to his kingdom. Admirers are welcome but please don’t change the manger for a basket. The truth with a tree, or God the father by a Santa Claus. Red is not the colour of Christmas, Christ is the colour of Christmas. Have a merry celebration of Christ, the king and his kingdom come.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”Luke 2:13-15.

 

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