There was the story of a man (Elijah) many years ago who worshipped Almighty and was so sure of Him that he decided to have a competition with the people at the time who worshipped a god called Baal. He designed the competition and came up with the rules. The competition was for both sides to kill a huge bull, lay it out and call on their gods to send down fire to it.
There were not many rules. So for example , there were no time constraints, nor limited tactics as to getting the god to deliver. However, no match stick was to be lit and no hot coals were to be set.
Before I conclude on the story, I ask myself and I guess, you also for what gave him the confidence to throw this kind of challenge. I guess one very easy thing we can conclude must be that he has seen Almighty do this sort of thing before. He had not only seen this once before but had seen it so often that he had become confident of Almighty and was completely convinced of His dependability.
What are your own convictions? There are many confused people out there who are convinced by things that are not lasting. Some people grew up in wealthy homes for example and rely on that wealth always being there.If something happens that takes the wealth away, they cannot function for the rest of their lives. They end up with trust issues among many other issues and don’t even have any convictions. I am sure you know the saying that if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.
There are those who have achieved something at some point in their lives and have not bothered to try to do anything more since. Anytime you meet them they only have that one achievement to talk about. Their identity is permanently linked to the achievement and it has not occurred to them to build on it. I once knew a man who in his fifties had run a huge multi-national organisation. Till he died in his eighties, he had a business card that said he was once the Managing Director of that organisation. This is very sad.
There are those who rely on their intellectual powers as they are highly intelligent . It is one thing to be intelligent and another to do something meaningful or worthwhile with it.
This reminds me of another story about a rich man who gave his three servants money to invest as he went on a sabbatical. Two of them invested the money and on his return could give the rich man not just the initial amount but interest. They were promoted. The third servant did not invest the money but had buried it and returned the same amount to the rich man on his return, without any interest. The rich man was mad at this servant who had wasted all the resources given to him and had nothing to show for it. He fired him, after calling him ‘a play-it-safe, won’t go out on a limb fellow’
The third servant did not invest the money but had buried it and returned the same amount to the rich man on his return, without any interest. The rich man was mad at this servant who had wasted all the resources given to him and had nothing to show for it. He fired him, after calling him ‘a play-it-safe, won’t go out on a limb fellow’
Those who have super intellectual powers and don’t use it for anything or use it just for wheeling and dealing are truly a waste of space and time. I wish somebody who knows them would tell them so. The great thing about this, though, is that it is never too late to do something worthwhile. Where there is life, there is hope. If you are one of these, tomorrow morning is a new day and you can do wonders as long as you make that decision today to do it.
These set of people are not the only ones who need to get off their behinds.I know, I know, I am beginning to sound like a broken record, always telling you to reach for the stars and you can do all things through PP who strengthens you etc. Well, it is because since I first said it, you have remained on your behind. When you get off your behind, I will stop saying it.
You have so many good excuses but really, they are nothing but excuses. Do me proud and get up and do something. This is not in the script. There was a time I was at home for almost six years looking after the children, ( I have quite a number of them). I did not have much money, did not know what to do to get some and nobody encouraged me, assuring me that what I was doing was a good thing, staying at home to look after the children, making sure they don’t turn out strange. some people actually made me feel bad as though I was wasting my life. If you are at home looking after the children be sure to do it the best you can. you are not one of those I am referring to as sitting on their behinds doing nothing. You are doing an amazing job.
Some people actually made me feel bad as though I was wasting my life. If you are at home looking after the children be sure to do it the best you can. You are not one of those I am referring to as sitting on their behinds doing nothing. You are doing an amazing job. When you are done with looking after the children don’t be afraid of going back into the workforce, your skills are invaluable.
At the time, I came up with the idea of making some kind of nibbles,just to make ends meet. I did make them, made very little money but gave it up because (looking back now), I had nobody to encourage me and tell me, that I could do it and I should shut up with all the excuses. Nobody to kick me up the backside regarding my prospects. Nobody to help me. There are many people who have since made pots of money from the same nibbles I was making at the time but gave up.
Please don’t get me wrong, it is not the fault of other people who did not encourage me. I just wish somebody had and not let up till I moved.
So excuse me as I continue to disturb you till you do something meaningful. Oh, you have tried and failed, I hear you say. For your information, failure trains you for success. Anyway, I digress.
Elijah was parked behind the right boss. He was convinced what Almighty said was what He meant, meant what he said and that He would stand by it. In other words, Almighty has integrity. Who is your boss? Does she know what she is talking about, is she a person of integrity or is she double minded in all her ways?
This may be the time to re-evaluate who you are following and indeed who is following you. If you are leading, are you a person of integrity or are you just bent on keeping all you lead under, so they think you are god and a very poor example of god. If you are a good leader, who is following? Did you choose them because you are intellectually or many other ways their superior? If that is the case , you will not do exploits because you are only as strong as your weakest link.
The person you are following? Is this person going to lead you to the promised land? The year is coming to an end. This is always a good time to evaluate. If you cannot get out from behind the person, you should see how you can help the person to be a great boss, not just someone who is going nowhere slowly. Remember , you are going to the same place also. It is in your best interest to find a way to get you both somewhere faster (if you catch my drift).
Dare to be different. Don’t just follow blindly. There is another story of four young men who were captured by a king who recognised they were special and took them back to his palace where he put them in the care of one of the palace servants. They young men and some other young intelligent men that the King had also been captured.
The palace servants were supposed to feed them and take care of all their needs. These four young men looked at the spread of food and knew it was not good for them even though everybody else was eating as though there was no tomorrow, some doing it because they enjoyed it, others doing it because they were too afraid to go against the “boss” or go against what everybody was doing.
These young men refused to partake of the spread and convinced their ‘handler’ to let them eat what they knew was good for them even though it was not obvious to all. They ate vegetables and legumes instead of cupcakes and processed food. They did their part and it was soon clear to the world that their choice was the best choice.
Dare to be different not just for being different sake but because the world does not always have the answers (right or wrong ) even though they make the most noise.
Back to Elijah. To cut the long story short, Almighty came through for him as he was convinced would happen. The people worshipping Baal called and called, but there was no answer, let alone falling fire. However almost before Elijah called, Almighty sent fire immediately.
That brings me back to the question ‘who are you following’ spiritually. Many people want a spiritual connection to a higher power and there are just as many people touting all kinds of gods and higher powers, deceiving the unsuspecting into believing gods who cannot send down fire when asked. Please don’t just follow the people making the loudest noise about anything.
How dependable has what you have been worshipping proved over time. Almighty has never been aversed to proving Himself. Indeed he asks us to prove Him concerning the works of His hands. Elijah was proving Him when he asked Him to send down fire to burn the offering. And He did.
Prove Him and see whether or not He will not send down fire into the situation. Of course ,if you are just fooling around you will not get any results. Be serious and you will get a good result.
Till we meet next week.