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Be Hospitable, even to Strangers

Hebrews 13 New International Version (NIV)

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Prejudice against strangers is not a new thing in our world; this probably came from the dark ages when a wrong association with a stranger may result in you losing you livelihood or even your life. It’s therefore a common instruction to young ones not to talk to strangers and judging by some horrible stories in the news even in recent times, it’s probably not a superfluous instruction.

Beware of TTT (thorn, tares & toxins)

Matthew 13:24-30 (NIV)
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
“‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?

Planted by the Waters

Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

1 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV)

Give your Seed Enough Reasons to Thrive II

Stick with it
Gen 26:2 And theLordappeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

It might have been great for Abraham to move from place to place because God said to him ‘walk through the land’. When it’s time for establishment and stability, you need to stay in one place, and be rooted. Depending on what your situation is, training, business or even relationship, you’ll need to find something or someone you can commit to and stay with it. Of course there will be times to take stock and possibly stop certain activities but you don’t jump and leave at every sight of opposition, defeat or even failure.

Give your Seed Enough Reasons to Thrive

Genesis 26:1-4&12 (KJV)And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

My life; a Seed

Genesis 26:4 (KJV) And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven….While this refers to the proverbial seed meaning the fruit of the body; we are also looking at the literal interpretation of this promise.

Mark 4:26-28 (KJV)
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

See it Through

Genesis 26:16-22 (NIV)
Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.”So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.

Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!

Right Beginning is half done

Genesis 26:1&2(NIV)Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live.

The patriarch Isaac was instructed to stay in the land of famine and he obeyed. Because of his obedience, God blessed him and made him so great that the natives pushed him away out of envy. He left to settle in the valley, I guess he was allowed to stay in the valley because it’s probably a waste land that nobody wants.

God is doing a New thing

Scriptural References;1 Chronicles 4:9-10(NIV)Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.”Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.
Isaiah 43:19 (KJV)

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Get ready to fight back

Pastor Wale11/09/11
2Timothy 4:7,Heb.11:30-40
No matter what fights you've been involved with, the biggest fight yet is with yourself.
The greatest fighters of all time are usually revealed by opportunities, extraordinary challenges in an ordinary day.
7 Reasons why people don't fight back
  1. Indecision; it's okay to grief or be sad when the unexpected happen but beyond that make a decision; fight or flight is always going to be a conscious choice
  2. Abandonment or letting things drift; in this case nothing moves forward, things get worse.

The Secrets to enduring riches

Pastor Wale
Proverbs. 27:23 & 24,Proverbs. 10:4, 12:24&27, 13:4
Diligencevs.Hard work
Hard work has little or no reward if not backed up with smartness, otherwise the richest people on the earth arguable should be on construction sites around the world.
Non-negotiable skills
  1. Creative nature:God made us in His image and gave us imaginative abilities. This comes not without a price though.... Don't trade off your spirit of excellence. It is impossible for you to be significantly rewarded for similarities with others.

Take your seat in history

Pastor Wale
Josh.1:7&8, Ps.40:6-8
History is not only that which happened many years ago and is being read, everyday history is written
3 types of people:
  • Celebrators;they celebrate the celebrated
  • Commemorators;they believe there's no more new things
  • Anticipators; history makers
The difference between living and merely existing, you must be adding something to mankind, otherwise you merely exist. You need to birth a dimension of heaven in the place of your assignment; every pain and experiences you've been through are ingredients for your relevance.

Renewed strength

This could mean different things in different situations; to a hungry man, food will do while to a tired and weary traveller probably a warm bath hot meal and good sleep or rest will work wonders. 
Sometimes a good chat to a friend might also do the job, and help to rebuild failing morale. To a sick person, there’ll definitely be a need for a more prolonged care depending on the type of illness.
To the Israelites in the wilderness, they moved from place to place, sometimes simply going round in circles, no serious sign of progress, they ate the same food, wore the same clothing and the same shoes.