Sunday, 4 December 2022

Keep an Open Dialogue:

“Number one, never stop talking. Problems arise when people stop talking to each other. Laugh a lot, we crack each other up constantly! I do the best I can and I feel like that's the way most people are. We do the best we can until we know how to do better.” — Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe, married 14 years.

Lack of communication ranks tops amongst the reason for divorce, far above the lack of love. Most people  who divorce is not necessarily for the lack of love. They just lost their way. They lost the way to living together. They lost the way of communication. Their communication became non-existent. 

They stopped speaking the same language. And, one or both refused to learn the other's language. They refused to invest the necessary effort to bridge the divide, the gap. This is one of the shortfalls of the romantics. They are all about feelings. A marriage built solely on romanticism is bound for failure.

One person or both MUST always care enough to carry the load, the burden of the relationship. Both or one digging in on his or her love language spoils the soup of the marriage relationship. You must be willing to let down the guard and accept your partner for who he or she is and help he or she come up without force.

It's the sacrifice of marriage. Marriage is not made of robots. It is made of human being inherent with faults and shortcomings. Dialogue is what helps to understand each others faults, shortcomings and how these affects the relationship. It is the forum for shaping out the way forward and through the storm together.

And, above all it has to always be done with mutual respect for one another and the union. Let's go talking.

The Saint.

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Book Club with The Saint | Business is Personal | Chapter Three.

Welcome to our Book Club. So honored to have you share this time with us.

We continue with our Fifth Featured Book, "Business is Personal," by Bethenny Frankel. We are on to Chapter Three: "Trust the Process" today. I trust this will bless you as it has blessed me.

So, get yourself a hot or cold cup of choco, (depending on the weather in your local) grab your copy of the book (if you have it), tighten your seat belt and let us take flight, reading together.

The Saint.

It All Makes Sense.

“The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.” ― Author Madeleine L'Engle.

As Bethenny Frankel rightly puts it in her book, "no one is bigger than the game (of life). It is all a game. It is all a class act. It is all a movie. It is all planned. The great game of our lives was planned and orchestrated ever before we came on the scene. 

None of us is a mistake. None of us is an afterthought. We were each scheduled to have a good life - a wholesome life. Only we can derail it. Nothing else can, if only we believe and rest in the power of the game. It's all a great scam - howbeit a good scam. It is all a setup for our good.

Our past makes sense. Irrespective of what it might have been. It has made us who we are today. Who we are today is all that makes sense of our future. Who says we don't know tomorrow? It is written clearly in our yesterday and today. They are the foundation to hold our tomorrow.

Rest. It is well. Trust the game. Trust nature. Trust the universe. Trust God. He's got you.

The Saint.

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Friday, 2 December 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 13 W 6 D 5.

Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you came. 

We continue our meditation in "The Book of Daniel" as we lead ourselves into the Throne Room. We are still digging into Daniel 6:5 and by extension Psalm 2:1-4. Yesterday we focused on God's laughter in mockery of the plan of the evil ones.
Let us turn the table and look at how God rejoices over his own. The clear scripture that comes to mind is Zephaniah 3:17. It reads, 

"The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." 

Psalm 35:27 finds a place here also. It reads,
"Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, "Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant." 

Thou He laughs in mockery of the evil ones and their vain imaginations, His desire is to rejoice over His own with singing and gladness. He wants to accomplish the desires of our hearts [Psalm 37:4; 20:4]. It is up to us to make this be by delighting in Him. It is up to us to expect the good things He desires for us. [Philippians 4:8]. Will we? Let's pray. The Saint.

Thursday, 1 December 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 13 W 6 D 4.

Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you came.

We continue leading ourselves into the Theone Room with our meditations in The Book of Daniel. We today land on Daniel 6:5. It reads,

"Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”"

What comes to mind as I read this verse is Psalm 2:1-4. It reads,

"Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision."

This is sweet in my native dialect and in pidgin English. I cannot resist the temptation of transliterating it. It reads, "Why una put head together dey shake, make noises and form? Devil dey gee una strange dream sey una get dey tins wey una no get. Una won break my people for back. Na laugh I just dey laugh una for up here. Una don see una sef for mirror?

I love God. He teacheth our hands to war. He fights our battles for us. That is why it is good warfare we are called to fight. Our God has given the enemies over to us. Their defense has left them. They are bread for our eating.

Hallelujah. Happy New Month.

Let's pray.

The Saint.

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 13 W 6 D 2.

Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you came.

We lead ourselves into the Throne Room as we continue with our meditation in "The Book of Daniel." We are still digging in Daniel 6:4. It reads,

"So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him." (NKJV)

Daniel was faithful - he had integrity, he was whole, he had internal victory over the elements of this life. He had no enemy within that the enemy could connect with in bring him down. He was loyal to that which he believed in. 

He was not necessarily perfect. No one is. In our fallen nature none of us can be. But our hearts can be. That is what God told Asa he was looking for. That was what God saw in Noah, Abraham, and the rest of the Patriarch. He could trust in their hearts. 

So, God could show Himself strong on their behalf. How so much this is modeled in God's words to David after he committed adultery and murder. God said David had given occasion for God's enemies to have something to say against Him.

He is the thrice Holy God. He has standards. Not just any and everything goes. We will only see Him manifest in our lives if and when we respect His holiness. Then and only then will He show Himself strong in our lives and on our behalf.

Let's pray.

The Saint.

Topic: The Favored One - Part Twenty-One.

Text: ​“So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.”” ― Daniel 1:11-13, NKJV. 

TFO Keynote #61: Faith is always looking forward, never backward. Our destination is God. All that we want is in front of us. Nothing that we want is behind us. (Hebrews 11:9-10)

“Every great move forward in your life begins with a leap of faith, a step into the unknown.” ― Brian Tracy.

“Never give up hope. All things are working for your good. One day, you'll look back on everything you've been through and thank God for it.” ― Germany Kent.

"The future, though mysterious, is not the gray blank many of us expect it to be. The future is the storehouse of God’s merciful plans, if only we had eyes to see them." ― Scott Hubbard.

"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." — Philippians 3:13-14 (NKJV)

“Real change is difficult at the beginning. Without the familiar to rely upon, you may not in as much command as you had once been. When things are not going your way, you will start doubting yourself. Stay positive, keep the faith, and keep moving forward – your breakthrough may be just around the corner.” ― Roy T. Bennett.

TFO Keynote #62: There are prerequisites to God's promises. They only become real in our lives when we receive them with faith. That is, we meet our own end of the bargain. (Hebrews 11:11-12; Matthew 9:20-22)

“True faith is never found alone; it is always accompanied by expectation. The man who believes the promises of God expects to see them fulfilled. Where there is no expectation, there is no faith.” ― A.W. Tozer.

TFO Keynote #63: Faith is seeing everything in the face of eternity and trusting in the faithfulness of God. (Hebrews 11:13; Job 19:25, 14:14; Matthew 5:30) 

"Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs." ― Jonathan Edwards. 

“Faith is like a radar that sees through the fog.” ― Corrie Ten Boom.

"My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him." ― Psalm 62:5 (NKJV)

“Notice the word ‘hope’ (in Psalm 62:5). The Hebrew term literally means ‘a cord, as an attachment.’ Every one of us is hanging on to something or someone for security… if it’s someone or something other than God alone, you’re hanging on by a thread – the wrong thread.” – Beth Moore.

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." ― 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NKJV)

TFO Keynote #64: Faith is the assurance that I have today for the place called there. (Hebrews 11:14; Proverbs 29:18) 

Faith is the persuasion of my vision and mission.

Nothing risked, nothing lost—and nothing gained.

"For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland." ― Hebrews 11:14 (NKJV)

"Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." ― Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV)

The Saint.


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