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Shepherd blues.

Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates;and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: Isaiah 45:1-2.

The relationship between the sheep and shepherd is a beaut. It’s intimate, active and personal not general. The shepherd calls his sheep by name and every sheep answers to his name. There are no mistaken identities, nor confused names. The names are fun, it’s one of the high points of the relationship. The sheep hears the voice of his shepherd and knows his name. The name is not known to another, no wonder they flee from strangers. It’s pure bliss for the sheep to be called by the name. Where Cyrus was in the verse above your name can be inserted. That unlocks this verse of scripture and lightens up your life. He not only call your name, he holds your right hand.

“But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice:and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him:for they know his voice.”John 10:2-4.

The sheep is led by the voice of the shepherd. Some have surmised that the sheep is blind, she can only see his voice. No wonder he holds his right hand and leads him out. One thing is sure, the shepherd is with, by and before the sheep. The sheep is too defended to be a victim. The possibility of going left is rare as the right hand is held. The pastures are on the right places along the right paths. It’s also a path of conquest; nations subdued, the loins of kings loosed. Fortune obtained, pleasant places received; that is the green pastures. The shepherd is the password to fortune; the lord is my shepherd!

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”Psalms 23:1-2.

Ninety nine for one!

 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalms 23:1-3.

Ever seen a sheep all alone? The sheep is most likely lost. A lost sheep is easy to spot, she’s an open target. Her frantic effort is to reconnect to the fold. Destination unknown, direction lost; similar to many lives. While the sheep tries her best albeit frantic to find her rest. The shepherd is working much more to reconnect to the fold. In the fold lies her rest, alone makes her a prey. Never walk alone, the shepherd is your surety to be far from want. Your path in destiny is the shepherds responsibility. The shepherd ensures you never walk alone!

“For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.” Matthew 18:11-13.

The Lord Jesus is the son of man and son of God; the good shepherd. While the sheep is seeking the fold, the lord is seeking the sheep. The sheep is not only missing, her place is also lost. It’s not common sense to leave ninety nine for one. The voice and sight of the shepherd is the comfort of the sheep. One lost sheep is too valuable to be replaced; she must be found. You will never walk alone nor walk astray; destiny too precious to be lost. The shepherd ensures you are never lost nor missing out. The lord is your shepherd; ninety nine for one. That is the sure direction for your destiny; one fold, one shepherd.

“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” John 10:14-16

A shepherd, not a Mallam.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. Psalms 23:1-2.

Whenever the idea of a shepherd is mentioned in our setting, we remember the herdsmen or Mallam. That comes to mind as an example of a shepherd. Unfortunately it is not a very good one especially lately when they became a menace destroying crops and killing innocent citizens. My shepherd is not a Mallam! The shepherd leads to green pastures, not dry or dead grasses & recession. Green is the lush and fruitful vegetation where grasses grow. Green also represents location, countries and pleasant places. The grasses don’t just grow, they are nurtured to luxuriant blossom. Other peoples farms are no pastures, they are the labour of men. My shepherd is not a Mallam, he leads you to greener pastures. The shepherd leads with his voice, allam coerces from the rear.

“To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice:and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him:for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him:for they know not the voice of strangers.”John 10:3-5.

The Mallam’s green pastures are located south, migration southwards is the norm. No wonder their nomadic nature especially in dry season. Many people behave similarly during the dry seasons of life, they go south. Everybody is going so lets go. Please don’t go south, it’s overgrazed. As soon as the sheep moves ahead of his shepherd he is lost. The wolves move in and have a field day. Stay in the fold, don’t move an inch until the shepherd says so. The green pastures are not south, they are where the shepherd leads. The land is green because it drinks from the rain above. Moving can be risky without direction instruction. The rain is from above south is not green; it’s from above not from abroad. Please don’t go south. The lord is my shepherd not a mallam. The mallam leads to recession & bust but the shepherd leads to fortune.

“For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey; A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.”Deuteronomy 8:7-9.

Strength for the stress!

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.Isaiah 40:29-31

Every time I travel abroad, I feel drained spiritually. Am not sure that is the experience of everyone. From jet lag to spiritual lag, I have to do more to recharge everyday. Many may take that for granted but it means much to me. Inspiration is not casual, it’s everything to me. It’s not a feeling or a falling; its Grace for the race. When inspiration is lost everything crumbles and many wonder why. The helper grants strength for everyday living even on the move. Strength is not good enough, his might is a necessity for survival. Grace is the strength to run and not weary and walk and not faint. We are not strong, we are strenghtened. we are not mighty, The almighty is our strength. Superman died a long time ago, those that are strengthened end up as winners. Lord i need help! Is their cry.

“For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope:for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they shall die:but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.“Ecclesiastes 9:4-5.

Living is everything, strengthened in God. If you could ignore the dog in the verse, the message will be clear. Don’t die spiritually because of your location. Live and not die. The strength to live is spirit given. Youthfulness is energy not strength; it fails in the day of battle. Just watch the news and see the great becoming weaklings. But those that were termed weak made strong by the hands of the almighty. Strength is the help to live and not die. The Holy spirit Quickens for that extraordinary strength. It’s spiritual oxygen for everyday living. Strength or stress. Receive strength to miss the stress today and forever. Strength is received, not generated.

“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;”Ephesians 3:16.

God’s signature

“And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;Genesis 22:16-17.

Everyday, piles of document pass before many of us. Some require endorsement others are for comments. What is in the mind is unknown, only what is written is referenced. Your opinion does not count, only what is written is for consideration. Some persons’ writing is characteristic, their opinion is the solution. That is the covenant signature; God has not only spoken, he has sworn! Every signature is a sworn blessing; sure and guaranteed. Every word from God has his signature already appended. It’s not an opinion, it’s the solution, it’s not a comment, it’s a commandment. The communication link ends there; your signature please? Until you sign in, the promise remains; covenants are for partners. It’s time to move from a promise to a covenant; sign in please.

“And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.”1 Samuel 1:11.

Until a signature is in place, the covenant is not activated. By the singular act of Abraham, he appended his signature to the covenant. God was provoked to swear in return and the covenant was enforced. Hannah did the same thing and the covenant of fruitfulness was game on. Don’t assume a covenant, activate you covenant with God. God is generous, he signed up before you showed up. Every word in the book is backed by his signature and activated by yours. Move from a promise to a covenant! Responsibility is the price. Take responsibility for the shift by cutting a covenant with God. Hannah’s vow was a commitment and a sign-in to the bargain. Please sign here, God is waiting for you. His oath is his signature. The covenant is too faithful to lie or fail; the covenant is God’s signature.

“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:”Hebrews 6:17-18

It’s a deal!

For men verily swear by the greater:and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Hebrews 6:16-18.

Oath taking is a culture that is known to many from childhood. It is has a negative perception due to the diabolic content and effect. For those that swear falsely, the untoward effect on their family is grievous. Tales of death, destruction, strange diseases are the norm. The covenant with God is confirmed by an oath to give life & value to living. An oath is the highest form of assurance, an end to every argument. God has sworn to bless, fruitfulness is a sworn inheritance. The oath of blessing supercedes every curse or negative oath. The covenant is the cure of barrenness; fertility assured. By this oath God is eternally committed to your fruitfulness. The oath makes the deal with God sure.

“And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;”Genesis 22:16-17.

Every covenant intervention is a product of responsibility. An oath makes a promise; God has sworn irreversibly to bless & multiply. “It takes two to tango” your commitment activates the covenant. The only person involved in this covenant is God, he has signed up first. Jesus is God’s signature to every covenant commitment. Until the two parties involved append their signatures, the deal is pending. An oath is sure, just as the signature is the seal to every deal. A vow or an oath is the end of every debate; that is the covenant platform. Hannah understood that, she made a vow. When the deal is done, your goods arrive; fruitfulness for sure. God that cannot lie desire your commitment for performance; it’s a deal. A covenant with sworn inheritance is sure. Make a deal with God.

“And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.”1 Samuel 1:11.

The lord is my shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalms 23:1-3.

This Psalm is one of the first I knew and committed to heart. This is the same with many that grew up in Christian homes. It was fun reciting this psalm daily, we made a religion of it. A day without this Psalm is regarded as incomplete for some persons. This psalm is incomplete until the lord becomes your shepherd. Contact is key to a contract with God. Without a shepherd the sheep is lost; direction without destination. The path of destiny is not known, it is shown. The shepherd is the way, the truth and the life; everything to the sheep.

“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father:and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” John 10:14-16.

Identity is a key factor to avoid being a nonentity. The shepherd is the lord Jess Christ; every sheep is lost without him. There is one fold, the church and one shepherd, the lord. The shepherd knows his sheep personally, not generally. You never walk alone when the shepherd is in you and with you. No one with an in-built compass misses his way, ever! The shepherd leads not coerces the sheep; good is his franchise. The sheep hears and sees the shepherd; mistakes are impossible. Fortune is available when the shepherd leads. One sheepfold, one shepherd. The shepherd is everything needed for living.

“The preacher sought to find out acceptable words:and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.”Ecclesiastes 12:10-11

Blessing follow me!

O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days:for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah. Jeremiah 22:29-30.

I have since imagined the earth to be an inert substance until I started seeing from scriptures the contrary. The earth is a living thing having ears to hear & witness the spoken word. The earth is usually taken by hand of some persons, words are spoken against others and the piece of earth released. That is a curse, and they take effect because it was powered by hell. Blessing is God’s word spoken over your life, written on the earth and powered by heaven. The earth take notes of blessing & curses; the earth is a living thing, a witness. No matter the distance away from where the word is declared it is potent. The word of God dissolves curses and blessings follow you. The earth yields whatever is programmed within her.

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”Genesis 1:28.

Blessings replenish the earth, curses destroys the earth. Blessing is God’s franchise, God has spoken and blessing must follow. The word of God on the earth is that we be fruitful and multiply. Curses came late, and they are expunged by the same word. Only a blessing can terminate a curse, not complaining. Pick up the earth and declare, I am programmed to be fruitful and multiply. It’s an act of faith but it terminates every curse on your earth. You are walking out of curses and blessings are following you. What you don’t want, don’t watch; take responsibility to replace curses with blessing. It’s your heritage in Christ. Blessing follow you! Be fruitful and multiply. Fruitfulness is not negotiable, the fruit of the womb is not debatable. Replace curses with blessings, that is the covenant the earth is your witness.

 “Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:”Genesis 49:25.

When God becomes a comedian.

The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. Joel 1:12.

Humour is big business, laughter is an enterprise. It’s not easy for many to laugh, even when a joke is made. Life is too serious to joke about it. The comedians thrive in their trade, programmes are created to make people laugh. Comedians have multiplied and clowns have become professionals. God also make people laugh, joy is his recipe. He is the founder ad father of joy. Joy is a fertilizer, the tonic for productivity. Everything dries up sooner or later when joy is absent. Joy guarantees fertility, productivity and fruitfulness. Imagine God becoming a comedian, it’s unimaginable to some. He makes mockery of the known by doing a new thing. When God make you laugh wonder conceptions are provoked

“And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me. And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.”Genesis 21:6-7.

Some need to employ a comedian as member of staff and have humour breaks. They make laughter from everyday events; transient laughter is their trade. A few of us have subscribed to the Almighty as our joy and laughter. God does not cause laughter to humour man, wonders are the byproducts. Sorrows are turned to joy, everlasting joy and laughter. God makes men laugh not once and for all but once and again. You will not laugh and walk away but have a reason to keep laughing for life. When the Almighty becomes a comedian, Isaac is born. It’s not over until you begin to laugh; another Isaac is born. Sorrow and mourning free lifestyle is the end-product of God laughter.

 “Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”Isaiah 51:11.

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