ADONIBEZEK: 4 silver lessons, 14 from ABSALOM

ADONIBEZEK
Judges 1:7

Adonibezek was a great man, army fled before him, he was great both at home and in the field. He subdued seventy kings to the extent that they he made those seventy princeses a slave.

Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the Lord, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them? And the Lord said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand. And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him. And Judah went up; and the Lord delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men. And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites. But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.

And Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died. Judges 1:1-7.

Lessons:

1. High places are slippery

2. Let those in high places remain humble.

3. Let masters forbear threatening, “….. knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.” James 3:1

4. Do not judge to do knavery: For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Matthew 7:2

Let me quickly, talk about Absalom too, in respect to the subject we are considering:

ABSALOM

You remember Absalom in the second book of Samuel. Amnon defiled his sister Tamar and Absalom spoke no good or bad to Amnon. Absalom hated Amnon (2 Samuel 13:22), and he that hateth his brother is a murderer like Cain, at wicked one.

The Bible says, “it came to pass after two full years..” 2Samuel 13:23 that he nursed this root of bitterness, he killed Amnon because he had determined from the day of the incidence to revenge on him. So, he designed his death by assassination.

He ran away for 3years to his mother’s relations, and there he was entertained by his grandfather Talmai, king of Geshur (2 Samuel 13:37, 38). He that fleeth from the fear shall fall into the pit, and he that getteth up out of the pit shall be taken in the snare, Jeremiah 48:44. He never repented yet and at the long run, he was hanged by the neck, embowelled and his body was disposed disgracefully. (2Samuel 13:38).

Lessons:


1. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Neither give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:26,27.

2. Whatsoever someone did to you, never take judgement into your hand. Vengeance is God’s.

3. Do not judge your brother. Matthew 7:1,2.

4. Do not speak evil of your brother. James 4:11.

5. Do not judge unmercifully or uncharitably

6. Do not judge rashly,

7. Do not judge with a spirit of retaliation or revenge.

8. Let your zeal against sin be guided by discretion

9. Do not judge the hearts of others.

10. Leave the trying of the heart to God

11. Do not judge the intentions of others

12. Do not judge the eternal state of others.

13. Avoid calling people castaways or reprobates. Hence, help and counsel them.

14. Remove the log in your own eyes before you remove the beam in your brother’s eyes.

God is a righteous God, whatsoever a man sows, the same he shall reap. Let him that do evil do no more before the day of reconning.

Believers are command to reprove, rebuke, exhort, edify and comfort. Let us not be quick to judge in our daily conversation with one another, both with the household of faith and those that are without. I pray that God will work in us, both to will and do his good pleasure.

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Ogunlade Adekemi Boluwatife



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😳 SIN OF OMISSION!!!🤔

According to Merriam Webster dictionary, omission is referred to as something neglected or left undone or apathy toward or neglect of duty.

We all know what sin is. Both moral and religious folks are always conscious of sin of commission. Of course, genuinely born again fellows also have to be aware of this and sin of commission must not even be once mentioned among the saints.

Sin of omission is more cunny and subtle. It is not always paid attention to. It’s so dangerous that it doesn’t just damn the soul but also lead people astray and close the gate of heaven against others.

Let’s quickly consider three(3) Bible characters to see what sin of omission is, the consequences and how to avoid them;

ELI THE PRIEST

We all know that Eli was a good man and he was a minister of God. His problem started when he was old, retired and gave up the work of the temple to his two sons. “Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD. Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.” 1 Samuel 2:12,22.

Eli was aware of their coveteousness, imperiousness and sensuality. How they profaned sacred worship of God. Eli did not so much reproved them but rather only told them that, “I hear of your evil dealings by all this people” and he earned them of the danger they have brought themselves into by doing so. The crime they committed warranted sharpness and he would have rebuked them sharply but it was too gentle and mild. Even when the prophesy came through prophet Samuel concerning his children, instead of him to pray, he said “… It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.”

OMISSION: Indifference attitude and prayerlessness

The lesson here is that, before the hearts of people get hardened, they should be told of their faults as soon as it comes to knowledge and they begin to show signs of backsliding.

PETER THE APOSTLE

In Acts 10:9-16, God gave particular instructions to Peter and warned by the heavenly vision to call nothing common or unclean. However, when some Jew Christians came from Jerusalem to Antioch, which was a capital of Gentile churches just as Jerusalem was the headquarters of Jew churches, he didn’t want them to get offended, so he withdrew, and separated himself. This action brought grief and discouragement to the Gentile churches.

This bad example made the Gentiles feel unworthy to eat with the Jews. So, in one accord with the instructions Peter had received before, Paul rebuked him because this singular action could prejudice the peace of the church and the truth of the gospel.

Let’s be careful in our dealings with people and take precautions not to fasten faulty or wrong or injurious characters on individuals, group of people, or sentiments.

Justification is only by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law. God has put no difference between us (the Gentiles) and they (the Jews), Whether of circumcision or uncircumcision. By the death of Jesus Christ, the partition-wall between Jews and Gentiles was broken down and the observance of the ceremonial law of Moses is no longer necessary.

OMISSION: fear of man and forgetfulness of the word of God

We need to understand also, that undue regard to the pleasing of men displeases God and make them faulty in their service to God. ” The fear of man bringeth a snare” Proverbs 29:25

ISRAELITES

Israelites were brought out of the land of Egypt by several amazing miracles, yet they perished in the wilderness because of their unbelief. They witnessed and enjoyed miracles in abundance, yet even they perished in unbelief. They were saved but yet they perished.
So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 3:19,12 ; 4:11

Omission: Unbelief and ingrate heart

“But the fearful, and unbelieving … shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

Don’t be an unbelieving Believer!

It is very possible to be free from sin of commission, such as lieing, fornication, adultery and the likes but still be accommodating sin of omission. Dear pilgrims, check your bag before you are checked at the check point.

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Ogunlade Adekemi Boluwatife

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🙄LOOK NOT UPON ME, BECAUSE I AM BLACK🤨

Song of Solomon 1:6

Before conversion, every sinner is dirty, burned with sin and scorched under the load of iniquities. But comeliness comes by repentance and faith in Christ.
As Christians, Jesus has washed us in His own blood, we are now white and snow. Whiteness is the proper colour of a saint and she is comely and fair.
The greatest beauties, when exposed to weather, they become tanned soon. One gets blackness by the heat and burdens of the day.

Let’s now consider factors that can tan the skin of a believers and become black:

FAMINE OF THE WORD : “Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.” Lamentation 5:10. Many folks are genuinely converted but because they lack a true shepherd(pastor) that will feed them with the right diet and continually. They become black again and die as a baby Christian. It is by the sincere milk of the word we grow(1Peter 2:2). The Word of God is the hiding place and shield against the rays of sun that can tan the skin( Psalm 119:114, Proverbs 30:5). If you examine yourself that your are not growing spiritually and it seems your light is turning to darkness already, maybe you are in a famine. However, in times like this that every church door is closed, study the Word in your house, else, the sun will look upon you. God forbid. Keep your face shining in the mirror of the Word.

UNBROKENESS : It is one thing to pass through famine of the Word. Another thing is to have the Word but have no place. Jesus spoke about the parable of the sower. Some fell upon stony places , where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth. And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Matthew 16:5,6. Hallelujah, God has made provision for this challenge of hardness of heart. He said after that He has cleansed you, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. This is the will of God for everyone, even your sanctification.

TRIBULATIONS AND PERSECUTIONS : “But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it. Yet hath he not root in himself, but endureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. Matthew 13:21,22. Tribulations and trials are weapons the adversary of our soul, the Devil uses today to lure away believers from their shield and expose them to the sun which will darken them. Then wait for the appropriate to finally strike them. The troubles from false brethren and seducers the common grievances during persecutions. Behold, your Redeemer cometh, “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” 1 Peter 4:13
Matthew 28:20 ” ….lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

This is a call to watchfulness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. Luke 11:35

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Ogunlade Adekemi Boluwatife

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🤔 THE DARK-NIGHT OF THE SOUL: A Must Experience For Every Christian

🤗The problem in the world today is not how to have the Life, it’s easy to repent and believe the conviction of the Holy Spirit. When one gives his life to Christ, he feels connected to God, feel the ectasy, the excitement and joy. You become guided by the Spirit of God and receive messages because there’s a spiritual awakening.

😢The major problem is how to release the Life one has received.
At the dark-night of the soul, you feel dying and as a matter of fact, you must die. The Bible tells us in John 12:24 that ” Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

The dark-night of the soul is the time where your old self , the old you and old karma die.
Yes, you are being born new but you have to purge those garbages pressing you down and everything that is holding you back. The dark night helps you to release those things in the past even those things you are not aware of they you need to release. All those things needed to be purged and released because they weight you down to the surface.
The dark night of the soul is also refered to as the indispenseable purging of pilgrims.

📒At this junction, I am going to list some of innegotiable things every born again individual must purge himself/herself from.

👉🏻1. SUPERSTITION: In the letter of apostle Paul to the church in Rome, we see that, some persons’ in Rome brought out certain doctrine that whosever wants the salvation of God must be circumcised, so Paul addressed that and you can read it up for more clarifications. Likewise, in our days, many people still observe ceremonial law of burning of incense and candles, even worshiping of Mary and angels. The blood of Jesus is enough for our redemption, the veil is rent away and no one (either man or spirit or angel) is to be worshipped aside the Triune God. Peradventure you have such backgrounds, whereby they worship idols, burn incense and candles, you have to purge yourself from those things and renew your mind.

👉🏻 2. TRIBAL CONFLICT : You remember apostle Peter, he was born again and spirit filled. Yet this man of God had to be purged from such things. Acts chapter 10 is where the full gist is. In verse 28, note what Peter said here, “And he said unto them, Ye know how that “it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.”. Do you see that, dear reader? There are some things that you need to let go, if you really want to shine the light of Christ in you and impart your own generation. Let’s purge ourselves like Paul, that we may say, ” the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;”. Let’s also understand here that, he didn’t condescend to them in practices or deeds, it is only telling us how much impart we can make it we have a winsome character.

👉🏻 3. ATTITUDE : There’s a great work we need to do here, we must acknowledge those attitude that grieves the Spirit and purge ourselves from them. Ephesians 4:30 says “grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let’s purge ourselves from all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from us, with all malice. Ephesians 4:31. Lastly, there must also be purging before one can have full and prompt obedience to God.

👉🏻 4. INDISCIPLINE : It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. Romans 14:21. It’s not only in food, in dressing, in deeds, words and comportment, discipline is required. There are many a times that you would like to do some things, but you must not do them because you might pass wrong signals to people by doing them. In the life of someone that has been purged, 1 Corinthians 10:23 will be evident; “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”

👉🏻 5. SELF: Self must be crucified. Someone may ask, how do I recognize self and how can I crucify self? First of all, you must understand here that, crucifixion of self is not an entertainment, it might bring tears because it is called darknight of the soul. Here, you don’t count your life precious to you but all will be God’s. Self-opinion, self-will, self-sufficiency, self-exaltation and self-pride must be thoroughly dealt with. Peter had to be broken from self-confidence, Paul had to be sticken, Abraham had to leave his own country, Jacob’s love Rachel had to be taken away, Jacob’s beloved son had to leave him, Joseph had to be trained in Egpyt before self could be totally destroyed and wholly depend on God.

👉🏻 6. TEMPERAMENT: Our individual temperament some times always want to dictate the way we act. When we make up our minds and allow ourselves to pass through this dark night, the weaknesses in whatever temperament are crushed/tamed while the wonderful ones are strengthened.

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🤔 THE FOUR POWERFUL PROS AND CONS OF FEELINGS📚

Merriam Webster dictionary defines feeling as: undifferentiated background of one’s awareness considered apart from any identifiable sensation, perception, or thought,undifferentiated background of one’s awareness considered apart from any identifiable sensation, perception, or thought.

Now, let’s go into the pros and cons of this feelings.

  1. 👉🏻 JACOB : You know the story, Jacob was fooled because of feelings. In the twenty-seventh chapter of the book of Genesis, verse 21 to 23, Isaac said to Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not. And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, the voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him.

Many have been fooled today because they cannot discern. Some so called children of God still set flees for God to guide them in decision, they try to communicate with God that is spirit through their natural senses. So, they run into trouble because no one can know a wolf in sheep’s clothing by feelings. However, by discernment. They forgot the Scripture that says God is Spirit and even the evidence of being a child of God is being able to be led by the Spirit of God. It is not by feelings, it is by knowing (discerning).

  1. 👉🏻 AMNON : And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her. And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin ; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do anything to her. (2 Samuel 13:1-2). Looking at it naturally, some persons will say he so much loved her and was sick of love but the source of the feelings is from the pit of hell. In fact, after he has pretended and succeeded in defiling her, the Bible says in verse 15; ” Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.
    Hey brother! Watch your feelings and emotions. The love you have for her because of her beauty and dignity is not enough to marry her. Many marriages are collapsing to because it is built on foundation of feelings. Beware!

3. 👉🏻 TAMAR : Amnon lay down, and made himself sick: and when the king was come to see him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand. So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house; and he was laid down. And she took flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the cake. And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the meat into the chamber, that I may eat of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother. And when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister. 2 Samuel 13:6-11 You see, in the first place, when David told her that her was sick and that her brother chose her to minister to him, Tamar would be blushing saying in her mind “my brother loves me above everyone”. My sister, open your eyes and see. It is not everyone that has feelings for you truely loves you, it is called infatuation and inordinate affection. Many sisters have joined theselves in friendship/ marriage in the name of he loves me. You know the end of the story, GUARD YOUR HEART!

4. 👉🏻 SAMSON : Samson was in relationship with the daughters of Philistines. Those ladies are experts in dishes and of course in romance. Samson feels so loved whenever he is with them. (Remember, Jacob seemed to love Esau and gave him food and drinks, but he actually did that to take away his birthright). Now, it is time for Samson to get married. Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well. (Judges 14:3) . You know end of the story, he died on the lap of Delilah. It is not by what you feel but discerning who he/she is.

There is a need for a child of God discover the ascent and clear way God speaks to him/her. Also, our spiritual senses have to sharpened and trained how to tune to the frequency of the supernatural.

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Ogunlade Adekemi Boluwatife

THE SEVEN MYSTERIES OF THE CHOSEN COLT

🐎 The Seven Mysteries of The Chosen Colt 🐎
Luke 19:30-48

  1. 👉🏻There were many colts in that city but Messiah chose that single coat. “Ye have not chosen me but I have chosen you.”
  2. 👉🏻The colt made himself available for the King. The Lord might have chosen him truly, but peradventure it was no where to be found, it would have missed the purpose of God. You may have prophesy of the call of God upon you but you must avail yourself.
  3. 👉🏻The coat was chosen, available but tied. “The gift ( ministerial gift ) of God is without repentance” So it has to be loosed before the master can ride on it. The chosen vessel must be delivered from the shackles of sin for the King to ride on him.
  4. 👉🏻The colt didn’t struggle with the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. Likewise, one might be chosen but he can only prove himself worthy of the call of God upon him if he is ready to be set free from the bounds of iniquities. If you want the King to ride on you, don’t struggle with your Maker.

5.👉🏻 In verse 35, garments were cast on the colt before Jesus was set on it. For Jesus to sit on you, you must be dressed. Note that the garments cast of the colt was not his, likewise you need to go to God to dress you with garment of rightousness , grace and power.

  1. 👉🏻 Verse 36 shows how people spread their garments on the way. Look carefully here, it was not Jesus that directly walked on those clothes, it was the colt. What a great honour! Once you carry the King, He will be glorified through you.

7.👉🏻 Finally, Jesus covered a great distance. Imagine if the colt didn’t have enough inner strength to carry the King and the colt collapsed on the way, what would have happened to the whole show? As a vessel, you need to gather momentum in your inner man, you have to be strong in your spirit.

Many ministers failed today because they have refused to build capacity in their human spirit but depend on Spirit upon(anointing).

Joseph took time to build his human spirit, that is why, even in pressure he was able to stand. You see, Samson on the other hand, he was weak and feeble on the inside, although was carrying a great anointing on the outside, he fell.

As much as you desire anointing as a minister, take time to build your spirit also. It is better to be a Joseph than a Samson. However, holiness does not condone spiritual laziness to possess your possession.

Ogunlade Adekemi Boyluwatife

Sin unto death: a warning for a matured believer.

Do you  know?

It is only matured Christian that can commit sin unto death.

“There are sins not unto death?”

There is a possibility of a babe in Christ who lacks knowledge and devoid in understanding of his/her liberty,  being inconsistent.

They  are prone to make mistakes and do things that are wrong or commit sin ignorantly or by mistake but not willingly

Dear reader,  do you notice  inconsistency in your walking with God? Don’t  allow the devil to accuse you wrongly that you have committed sin unto death. 


This is the promise,  “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” 1 John 2:1. Therefore, shake yourself  from the dust,  repent and appropriate the grace of God in your life.

“There are sins unto death”

As I said earlier, it is only matured Christians that can commit sin unto death.

“For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost. And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come. If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Hebrews 10:26; 6:4-6.

Note the stages here,

1.    They  have received the knowledge of the truth. Saved

2.    They were once enlightened.  “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.”

1 Corinthians 12:3. Born again


3.   They have tasted of the heavenly gift. Baptized in the Holy Ghost.

4.   They have tasted of powers of the world to come. Fully matured.

You  can see that they are not babes but matured. That is the very reason why when they  fall away,  it is difficult to bring them back, because there is nothing  you want to say to convince them that they don’t  know. Even as at this stage, they have not committed sin unto death, they can still be forgiven if they repent and trace their ways back to Calvary.


When do you now know if someone has committed sin unto death?🤔

Perpetual backsliding of such people without repentance when they fall away leads to sin unto death. “……. seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”


This people often become apostates. Sometimes, they begin to preach against what they formally believed and experienced.

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins”.
We know,  whosoever’s sin is not remitted will surely be tormented in hell fire.

Sometimes, they also speak blasphemous words against the Holy Spirit which once convicted them of sins and saved them. This is referred to sin against the Holy Ghost, which cannot be forgiven, according to Matthew chapter 12 verse 31. This will be discussed later.


Note: This case is very rare,  I have never seen one but might have read about one. Maybe one in thousands.



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