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Do Not Be A Beautiful Trouble.   Leave a comment

A young lady many years ago, after receiving her examination result sheet in a subject I cannot remember now where she scored a poor mark, said, “If I am not a brilliant girl, am very beautiful; I will find a man who will marry me.”

Why did she resigned to live only on her beauty? That is now part of history.

Do you know that there are so many ladies who resigned to living only on their beauty? They think that the only “asset” that they have is their “good look”. They rely ONLY on their outward appearance. By so doing, many have turned themselves into “Miss Available” to any man. They parade their beauty everywhere; many times they use it as a snare to catch men whom they want to destroy.

Beloved reader, I am not an enemy of good or beautiful things but everything does not end in beauty. I have obseved that those who have worn “Beauty Contests” are not only beautiful outwardly but are also intelligent.

They have beautiful “spirit too”.

They have something good to pursue. They have goals as well. Not that they go about to display only their beauty.

It is sad that many who seem to be beautiful are indeed Troubles. The Holy Bible discloses in Proverbs 9:13,
“A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.”

Is this verse relevant to your life? This should not be your portion. A beautiful but foolish woman is a Trouble to herself, home and the society . What does a fool has to offer? The sad part is that she clamor for many things good, bad or ugly. Yet, she has no wisdom to pursue any reasonable goal.

Such Beautiful Trouble is simple and does not know anything. To her, anything goes! She has no knowledge and those without knowledge stand the chance of being destroyed at any time.

Do not be a Beautiful Trouble!

Do you know that life does not end only in beauty? The Holy Bible has this to say about a certain type of woman, no matter their degree of beauty,
“It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop,
than with a brawling woman in a wide house.” Prroverbs 21:19, King James Version.

If a corner of the housetop is better than a wide house because of a woman, is it wrong to call such woman A Beautiful Trouble?

What made a coner of housetop a better place is that trouble, a brawling woman, no matter how beautiful she is.

The Scriptures add,
“…the contentions of a wfe are a continual dropping.” Proverbs 19:13b, King James Version.

Do you know that this is a type of woman who is a Beautiful Trouble?

The Holy Bible also describes another thus,
“It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman.” Proverbs 21:19,

No matter the degree of beauty of a “contentious and angry woman”, she is a Trouble. She will always cause trouble.
During the cause of writing this piece, I remember a single mother of five who once bragged, “I cannot steal. My husband knows that I am good at igniting the fire of discord.” Are you like her? Don’t be a Beautiful Trouble!
The scriptures declares,
“Every wise woman buildeth her house:
but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands” Pro 14:1 KJV .
Do you want to build or pluck down your house?
Build it, please, wth wisdom . It is foolish to be a clamorous women, a brawling or contentious and angry woman, no matter your the beauty.
Add wisdom to your physical outlook. Don’t allow your appearance to intoxicate you. Don’t rely on it alone , pursue knowledge , gain understanding and apply wisdom . Then will you not be a Beautiful Trouble .
Be informed that Sarah was a beautiful woman with wisdom , you can also be like her to build your house.

For moree information on your home, visit http://www.peacelink.wordpress.com for secret of a peaceful home.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.

Posted April 17, 2015 by 4thlink in Uncategorized

Am I In Love?   Leave a comment

Am I in love?
Truly I must ask:
Am I in love?

Sincerely I must search
My own heart to ask:
Am I in love?

Honestly I must answer the question:
Am I in love?

Am I in love,
When I daily count,
The faults of my lover?

Am I in love,
When I hourly take stock
Of my lover’s weakness?

Am I in love,
When I maitain a diary
Of my lover’s past sins?

Am I in love,
When I find it difficult
To forget and forgive?

Am I in love,
When I, like a cat hunts a mouse,
Look for only my lover’s mistakes?

Am I in love,
When I think evil
Of the one I love?

Which kind of love
Do I have then?
A love that thinks only of its own.

Which type of love
Do I profess to have?
A love that never forgives.

A love that never forgets
The misdeeds of my lover.
A love that never cares!

A love that thinks of its own gains,
A love that rejoices in iniquity;
A love that can fail any time!

I must be a lover,
Who is indeed in love;
Always ready to sacrifice
For the comfort of the one I love!

Posted September 10, 2012 by 4thlink in Uncategorized

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Lest I Forget!   Leave a comment

As you have seen clearly in the two case studies we have examined in the last two write-ups,SEEK PEACE in the home,your Jerusalem; PURSUE PEACE outside it.
It is a must to Seek Peace in the home. This calls for sacrifice by all means possible. It must be with love not law or by force.
It must be gently and patiently sought UNTIL it is attained and retained permanently. The value of peace within your householm is well spent out in Ecclesiastes 4:12 thus,
‘Though one may be overpowered
by another,two can withstand
him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly
broken.
In brief,this verse tells us that a man or woman alone may be easily overpowered by another person. However,a man and his wife will surely withstand an opponent.
That will happen if tiere is peace between them.
Do you see that it is a must? Tha verse concludes that a family of father,mother and their children,a threefold cord,is not easily broken. How more difficult will it be if other members of a household are brought in?
The effectiveness and efficiency of a peaceful home is rightly put thus
‘…one chase a thousand,
And two put ten thousand to flight,…’ Deuteronomy 32:32a.
This can be interpreted that as one chases a thousand,two will put ten thousand to flight and three will drite away one hundred thousand.That is a threefold cord in action for you.
There are three enemies of every home,ditto mankind. These are satan,sin and the world. Each of these enemies is strong enough to distablise a home,if care is not taken. That is why every resources within the home must be deployed to chase these enemies away for peace to reign.
The combined effort of the members of a peaceful household will overcome these permanent enemies. If there is no fears within the home,the war without can be fought and won.
Even members of a home must not lose sight of the fact that the peace in the home does not guarantte peace outside but will surely pave the way for it.
Each member must know that there is war without and must be fought. Know this that every war has battles contained within it. Satanic war is there. Sin war is not wanted. War from the world is ever present!
Peace must therefore be pursued by chasing these enemies who are ever ready to invade every home away.
Read the lamentation of a man in Jeremiah10:20,
‘My tent (home) is plundered,
And all my cords are broken,
My children have gone from me,
And they are no more.
There is no one to pitch my tent
anymore,
Or set up my curtains.’
The cords were broken because they were weak as a result of lack of unity and peace. Do you love to lament like him? Please be wise,seek peace in the home and pursue it outside. It shall be well with you.

Posted July 2, 2012 by 4thlink in Uncategorized

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David Pursued Peace Successfully   Leave a comment

David pursued peace successfully but it was not easy for him. As we shall see later,he was not as fortunate as Abigail who also pursued peace successfullyg.
The latter was informed of the impending danger about to befall her household,while the former actually got his household successfully invaded and set ablaze.
David’s was the worst that could befall any household. A man or woman in such a situation can lose hope. David was also hopeless in his. Any man or woman can weep in such a condition. David wept. The Bible records,
‘Then David and the people who were with him
lifted up their voices and wept,until they had no more power to weep.’ I Samuel 30:4
Any man or woman can be so easily distressedg. One thing common to most people is to resign to ‘fate’. They will remain in their state of hopeless permanently or for a very long period.
David did not do this. What did he do?
‘But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God’. I Sam.30:8a-e
After this,he inquired from God whether to pursue the troop or not;whether he will recover or not. The Lord answered him,
“Pursue,for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” verse8f-g
At the words of the Lord,he swung into action. He deployed everything at his disposal to recover all,including peace of his household.
MAN
He wasted no time to pursue. The Bible says,
‘So David went,he and the six hundred men
who who were with him,and came to the Brook Besor,…’verse9
David put all men with him to work. They went after the enemies of their peace. They pursued peace by chasing their enemies.
It is worthy of note that in David’s zeal to recover all,he engaged the effective and efficient as well as those that were not.
It was God who helped him to separate them. He separated the men of war with David who were not effective and efficient for that particular assignment from those that were. Verse ten reveals,
‘But David pursued,he and four hundred men for two hundred stayed behind,who were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor.’
It is not every man that is effective and efficient on every given role. So, the right and appropriate person must be engagedg.
Let me not forget the role of Abiathar the priest. He was the first man helped David by giving him an ephod with which he inquired from the Lord in vese 7.
MACHNERY
David employed every machinery(weapon) at his disposal. He started with an ephod but he did not stop there. He armed himself with all his men with available weapon of war to chase their enemies. He was known very well as a man of war. I want to believe this:the sword of Goliath could not be excluded from among the ones he engaged. To David,at the start of his life’s war,’there was none like it’. ISamuel 21:8-9
MONEY/MATERIALS
David put materials to work for him. He employed every effective and efficient materials. Those that will not work for positive results were left out for future use.
This was made known in verse 11-12 thus,
‘Then they found an Egyptian in the field,
and brought him to David;and
they gave him bread and ate,and
they let him drink water.
And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs and
two clusters of raisins. So
when he had eaten,his strength came back to him,
for he had eaten no bread nor drink water for three days and nights.’
It was this Egyptian,a servant of David’s enemy,that guided them to the camp of David’s enemies where he recover all.
Can you see the role of effectively and efficiently deploying bread,water,cake and raisins? Note that water and not wine was given!
MEANS/METHODS
As an experienced man of war,David did not rely on his prowess as a worrior. He inquired from the Lord before embarking on chasing the enemies.
Not only this,he was not overzealous to kill the Egyptian who,with his master invaded David’s household.He fed the enemy. He gave him water to drink.
He asked him relevant questions that provided the necessary information that was useful to recover all.
Take note also that he did not delegate the assignment to anybody. He went with his men. He was also available.
His men may not have used his approach to get a hint on how to trail the invaders. At the end,David recovered all.
Do you know that as a man,if you pursue peace,you will get it? No matter how distressed you are about your household;employ all the four Ms at your disposal effectively and efficiently,peace will be restored to your household.
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Additional Facts About ‘Pursue Peace’   2 comments

Additional Facts About “Pursue Peace”

According to 1 Peter 3:10,-11, we are counselled thus,
“He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from
evil,
And his lips from speaking
deceit.
Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it”
We have discussed a little about “seek” to bring out some things involved in it. Now let us also consider its twin-sister, “Pursue” and those things that go with it. In the simplest form, let me say that the main difference between seek and pursue is the use of “force” in the latter.
Now, what are the things involved in “to pursue”?
1. Enquiry. The first step is to meditatively inquire from God, what to do. You can ask Him, ‘Lord, what do you want me to do to pursue it?’ On the other hand, you can present your proposed line of action to Him to confirm whether or not the thought of your heart is in line with what He will support. If you are a child of God, you will be directed by the Holy Spirit to know what to do to pursue peace, Rom 8:14.
2. Determination. Your determination to pursue peace according to the instruction of the Holy Spirit is equally important. The Lord will not force you. He allows mankind to determine which way he wants to go, way of life or death. Therefore, if you want to enjoy life, determine to pursue peace. Your determination is central to all other things. Read Deuteronomy 30:19.
3. Direction.
Any child of God who inquire from Him will not be left unattended to. The Lord will never deny Himself. He promised in Psalm 32:8
“I will instruct you and teach you in
the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye”
When you follow His instructions and teachings, you are better for it. You will know how to harness your resources to “forcefully” pursue peace.
4. Due weapons. There are some mandatory resources that must be brought in to pursue peace. You need
a) Man
b) Machinery
c) Materials or Money
d) Means or method.
You will see how these come into play when we are considering a man and a woman that successfully put these things into practice.
5. Deployment.
To have all that you need to chase a cause is one thing, deployment is another. If all that you need to pursue peace are made available to you, you do not need to waste time but to go into action immediately to get the desired results.
It is worthy of note that having all the four resources available is one thing, to deploy them calls for answers to two questions
1) Which ones are effective for the pursuit? You may have many of each of those resources but they can not have equall effectiveness for every pursuit of peace. Therefore, you must engage only the right resources for the kind of assignment on hand. Put the right peg in the right hole.
2) Which resources are efficient? Choosing the right resourcd is good but the efficient ones must be involved in a particular task of peace pursuit.
Thank God, people have lived before us and it means they lived for us to copy or to learn lessons from so that we can achieve all they achieved or avoid their pitfalls. We are going to consider a man and a woman who pursued peace until they achieved it. If they succeeded in doing it, you can!
NB: Every Scripture quoted is from New King James Version.

Weapons Of Peace Retention Employed By A Man.   Leave a comment

WEAPON OF PEACE RETENTION EMPLOYED BY A MAN
There are lots of lessons to learn from the life of father Abraham who is widely called ‘the Father of Faith’.The man was always with his with.The Bible records this about him in Genesis 13:1-2
‘Then Abraham went up from Egypt,
Abraham was very rich in livestock,
siluer,and in gold.’
This shows clearly that it is possible to be rich in material things and still retain peace in the home.Father Abram who later became Abraham remains an good example for every man to follow.
LOVE
To a discerning heart,Ahraham,(Abram if you like),was a man of great love.He loved his wife without reservations.He was ever ready to do anything (allowed by God) to please his wife.
He was ever prepared to make her happy and give her joy.He easily yielded to every desire of his wife,eve when it is contrary to his will.
Let us confirm this in Genesis16:2-3,
‘So Sarai said to Abraham,”See now,the Lord has restrained
me from bearing children.
Please,go in to my maid;perhaps,I shall obtain
children by her.” And Abraham heeded the voice of Sarai.
Then Sarai,Abraham’s wife,took Hagar,her maid,
the Egyptian,and gave her to her husband Abraham,
to be his wife,…’
Later,when Sarai said to the same man,her husband to
‘Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son
of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son,
namely with Isaac.’Genesis 21:10
Although the request was displeasing to Abraham,the woman’s request,this time enjoyed divine support;and Abram again yielded to the woman’s request again.
This is also an evidence of his love for his wife,Sarai,and his son,Ishmael.
KNOWLEDGE
Father Abraham was a man of great knowledge.He knew his God and was obedient to Him.You can read how the man was instructed by God to depart to an unknown promised land in Genesis 12:1-4.
Do you know that it did not end there? The rich man,Abraham,had knowledge of all that he had.He knew the value of all his belongings.It is recorded in Genesis 12:11 that
‘And it came to pass,when he (Abram) was close to entering Egypt,
that he said to Sarai his wife,”Indeed
I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance.” ‘
Father Abraham was not ignorant of his wife’s beauty.He had the knowledge of his wife’s beauty.He appreciated it.He knew that any man would like to have a woman of Sarai’s beauty as wife.
Not only that,he had the knoledge of how people who do not fear God behave.He knew what they could do. He made this known when Abimelech took Sarai as his wife in Genesis chapter twenty.
UNDERSTANDING
Father Abram,understood what evil people who do not fear God can do to him because of his beautiful wife,Genesis12:12 reads,
‘Therefore it will happen,when the Egyptians see you,
that they will say,
“This is his wife”,and they will
kill me,but they will let you live.’
That is a man’s understanding at play.He understood what evil people can do.He saw with his inner eye what could happen before it happened.Funny (or sad ?) enough,it happened exactly the way he had envisaged it.
‘So it was,when Abram came into Egypt,that the
Egyptians saw the woman,that she was very beautiful.
The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended
her to Pharaoh.And the woman was taken to Pharaoh’s house.’ Genesis12:14-15
Can you see the important role played by understanding? Do you see any need for you to ask for understanding from God? If father Abram needed and used it,you can not but need and use it.
Do you know that the same ‘method’ was used when the couple sojourned in Gerar.
It was there that Abram made known his understanding to king Abimelech who queried him for telling him(the king) that Sarai was his(Abram’s) sister:he told him(the king),
‘Because I thought surely the fear of God is
not in this place;and they will kill me on account
of my wife.’ Genesis20:11
Can you see that it was his understanding the way of life of evil people helped him to survive? It will surely help you too,in all that you will have,have understanding!
WISDOM
The friend of God,Abram,employed wisdom-sound wisdom,divine wisdom. He knew his God very well that He is a God that can protect him and all that were his. He did not forget God’s promise,
‘I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses
you;’ Genesis 12:3a-b
He knew that God will never fail to fulfill His promise,so he left everything in His hand.
Not only this,with his understanding of the way the evi5 people do things,he must take steps to cage them. He the applied wisdom. He made a provision in advance:
‘Please say you are my sister,that it
may be well with me for your sake,and
that I may live because of you.’Genesis12:12
The sound wisdom worked perfectly well. It was well with Abram for the sake of Sarai and he lived because of her.
Genesis 12:16 discloses,
‘He(Pharaoh) treated Abram well for her(Sarai’s) sake.
He had sheep,oxen,male donkeys,male and female servants,
female donkeys and camels.’
To be concluded,bear with me.