Friday, 10 July 2015

Wisdom Armour

"And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you.
 For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.”  2 Samuel  7 : 28 -29 .

ARMOR, n. The kind of clothing worn by a man whose tailor is a blacksmith.”  ― Ambrose Bierce.

The Wisdom from God's word is that which is all-encompassing and all enduring against the uncertainties of the future.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock ". Matthew 7 : 24. 
 Wisdom reveals the power of the knowledge of God's word. This knowledge from above is pro-active ; it is not passive and must not be dormant in the hearts or minds.
The promises of God are true , for God will keep His word to the letter.
We need wisdom to retain the promises of God for our lives
Knowing what the word of God says about everything is not enough.
Knowledge must translate to Wisdom to be utilisied for the benefit of the believer.
 "By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established "; 
Proverbs 24: 3
Life , our destinies , our God- given blessings and our achieved treasures are worthy of protection .
Wisdom is the armour which guides and guards us in  overcoming the wiles and the wickedness of Satan evil one and the devices of demonic sons and daughters of men.
 Failure to utilise the knowledge gained from the word of God and from our own personal experiences and the experiences of others which we have heard and seen happening could result in unpleasant challenges.
"Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation”. Matthew 11: 45 
Relationships are liaisons between two or more persons.
Rarely are they casual liaisons because relationships are of higher levels than ordinary connections.
They are bonds which are built on either blood lines, on friendship, trust , love,marriage,business partnerships and other types of close associations.
Relationships start on happy notes because all relationships commence and thrive when there is peace, love, harmony and mutual understanding between the parties who have chosen to be linked with each other in close relationships which they hope and pray will last for forever or for as long as both parties consent to be in relationship with each other.

So happy are people with each other at the start of their relationships that people do not have cause to be on their guard because they believe in the genuineness of their relationship partners , without question.
In any relationship , the parties involved understood what they were going in for right from the beginning.
 Each party would have roles to play in order to build up and make the relationship grow and to hold them together.
Business partners , while signing their agreements would have faith that their partners would remain true to their agreement which is to work together and to be of mutual benefits to their business and to each other.
Children would believe that their parents would be there for them to protect , nurture and guide them. Parents would believe that their children would grow up to become blessings and a source of pride for them .
Friends lovers and married couples would believe the promises and declarations of faithfulness and love they made to each other.
Everybody, on their wedding day has faith that their marriages are for keeps and will endure for life ," in sickness or in health, for richer or for poorer till death do us part ".
Nobody would believes that their marriage or very good business  partnership or lucrative employment contract would ever end.
Does anyone ever say or think "Oh, let me just try this set-up for now and enjoy it will it lasts . I am sure this cannot last even for one year ! !?" 

When we become joint-heirs with Jesus Christ , we enter into the relationship with God by which we are birthed into His Kingdom , by the the salvation of our souls , through the blood of Jesus Christ.
As His children God has made promises to uphold every good thing He has blessed us with .
 When God makes promises , He makes them to us based on our covenant relationship with Him as His people.
  Believing the word of God and confessing it always , we have faith that every good thing the Lord has given us, including our relationships, must endure and last for life.
Like David did when he received the word of God through Prophet Nathan; pertaining  to the promise of God  to establish David's kingdom through his son Solomon and that David's seed from his bowel will build a house for God's name and God will establish the throne of the kingdom of David's seed , forever. 2 Samuel 7:12- 17.
David believed the word of God and he rejoiced over it.
I am not sure that David, in his excitement, got the revelation of what he heard .
God made kingdom promises to David about the "seed from your bowels". David thought God was referring to the continuity and permanency of David's kingdom through Solomon and his descendants .
However , God's promise was about Jesus Christ the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Jesus is the sinless seed of David through whom God established this promise of God's everlasting kingdom which bears God's name forever.
Christ's kingdom has no end and He shall reign forever and ever. Hallelujah!
Solomon reigned after David his father but Solomon could not retain God's promises to David.
Also, Solomon failed to keep his own part of the covenant which God made with Solomon. 1 Kings 9:1-9
 Solomon failed to retain David's kingdom and he failed to pass the blessed kingdom down, intact to his descendants because Solomon grieved God by worshiping myriads of strange gods. 1 Kings 11: 1- 14.

In every covenant or agreement and in every relationship there are tacit and expressed components of "giving", "doing" and "receiving" which are expected to be adhered to by the parties involved and these components  are the promises which make relationships last.
When relationships are new, fresh and sweet , people would say and do anything and everything very pleasant  and courteous for each other .
Business partners would hug each other and click glasses to celebrate "another done deal ".
Families would arrange frequent get-to-gather parties for socialising , bonding with each other. If separated by distance, they would call and text each other , everyday.
  Lovers and spouses would be inseparable and they would declare regularly , many times a day ; "From the bottom of my heart I love you so much darling and I will love you for the rest of my life !"
 " Honey, baby, this is definitely for keeps! "
Truly , these words from the mouth of lovers could  be true  and the words they speak to each other could  be straight  from their hearts.
Some people do fall in love and remain in love with each other , for the rest of their lives.
Many partners have been together in business of as friends for many decades and some have been happy together as friends even till they died.
Togetherness with love , peace and unity is the ideal setting for all true and worthy relationships.
But how many love affairs and marriages attain that ideal ; how many business partners have remain loyal and dependable?
How many Christians , since after their conversion excitement on the day they received Christ as Lord and Saviour have retained their "first love" for the Lord Jesus Christ and for the things which pertain  to upholding the Kingdom of God on earth?

“Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding” . Proverbs 4:6-7.

Applying Wisdom in the word of God is the armour which protects against all losses of everything good and every promise received from God.
 Relationships  break up because either one or all the parties have decided to call it quits by blatantly refusing to remain together and adhere to the ideals in the agreement which sustained the relationship.
They have refused to walk together on the same path.
 " Can two walk together, except they be agreed ?" Amos 3:3. (KJV)  
Apart from blood relationships which are for life , whether the family members like / love each other or not; every other relationship will last for as long as both parties consent to be in relationship with each other.
Families could fall apart and vow never to have anything  to do with each , for the rest of their lives ; but the members of any family are forever linked together by the blood in their veins . 
All other relationships could end by mutual agreement either abruptly or they could fall apart after prolonged hostilities between the persons involved.
When relationships including family relationships fall apart, people involved could decide to go their separate ways quietly.
 This is the ideal , mature and amicable end to relationships which everybody involved would hope for and pray  for.
However , life is not always black or white , only.
Wrath, bitterness,vindictiveness are the after-math of failed relationships; even in marriages where the couple have children together.
In some cases , even after decades of being involved beneficial, close and loving relationships , when such relationships end on a bitter note people would forget the "good old days " ; then vitriol and bad blood would and does flow regularly.
Either one of the parties involved or all of them could turn nasty vowing to teach the other very bitter unforgettable lessons. 
The reasons which caused the end of any relationship would decide the intensity of the "bitter lessons" in store for people at the receiving end.

Wisdom is the armour which protects our peaceful and profitable relationships with God and with our our fellow men from the fiery darts of Satan. Ephesians 6:10- 20.
Destinies have been truncated, blessings  and promises have died out and discord has been sown amongst friends, families , in offices, in marriages, in love-partnerships and among business partners; all because people have failed to apply the guidance in the word of God when relating  to their fellow humans.

The main causes of relationship breakdown are cheating or fraudulent practices, injustice , exploitation between business partners and bosses/employees.
In marriage and love relations infidelity, irresponsibility, selfishness, deception, cruelty , rejection and abandonment of the marital home are a few of the many causes of break-ups among couples. 
Among blood brethren, families split up due to treachery, envy, hatred, divisions and so on.
Among Church brethren , splits are caused by hypocrisy, deception ,  excessive demands for money, sexual depravity, embezzlement of Church funds, gossips ,false accusations and many other "little foxes" that destroy the Vine.  
Sin is disobedience against God and sin tarnish the relationship with God. Sin incurs the wrath of God , especially the sin of hardening one's heart against the word of God by reprobates and backsliders . These are people who had known and tasted the goodness of the salvation of God but have decided to reject God afterwards.
There are dire consequences for breaking the relationship with God and going back to the world.
"And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God ".John 9: 62.


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