Glorious God, we are grateful unto You Alone, we bow before Your Throne. Thank for You guidance, protection, provisions and good health last week, we also are trusting You for this week because we know You are sufficient in every circumstance. Let all glory, honour, adorations be unto You Alone in Jesus Name.

Beloved, hope your weekend was good? Just for the asking, were you in church yesterday? Do you want to know why am asking? The temptation of sleeping all through your Sunday is high, especially in this raining season, sometime you wake up with showers or heavy down pour in the morning.

It is very possible to thank God for the good weather and find addition cover cloth to cover yourself and dose off. You can afford to sleep because it is Sunday, but can you do that on a working day (excluding those who are officially on duty on weekends)?

Beloved, gradually, you are allowing cracks here and there and soon it will widening and soon after compromises of various kinds sets in and little foxes here and there, backsliding comes in. Be careful how you exposes your back to the devil because is not guided by the armor (shield) of faith.

Okay. To the business of the day, if you find yourself in a place of inconvenient probably on duty call, is possible you may not complain. What will be your reaction if you find yourself on “mission” or “evangelism” with the same inconvenience? Will you rebel against God or wait until it is ripe for your relocation.

Is good to know that we are to be where the Lord have posted us to be just for the sake of the Kingdom work. That job, place, house, and neighborhood you are complaining about, might just be where God wants to use you to win some souls Himself. Will you obey Him and be where He wants you to be or will you choose to please yourself? Come along with me and be blessed.

“These were potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.” 1Chronicles 4:23

Potters were the very highest grade of workers, but “the king” needed potters, and therefore they were in royal service, although the material upon which they worked was nothing but clay. We, too, may be engaged in the most menial part of the Lord’s work, but it is a great privilege to do anything for “the king”; and therefore we will abide in our calling, hoping that, “although we have lien among the pots, yet shall we be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.”

The text tells us of those who dwelt among plants and hedges, having rough, rustic, hedging and ditching work to do. They may have desired to live in the city, amid its life, society, and refinement, but they kept their appointed places, for they also were doing the king’s work. The place of our habitation is fixed, and we are not to remove from it out of whim and caprice, but seek to serve the Lord in it, by being a blessing to those among whom we reside. These potters and gardeners had royal company, for they dwelt “with the king” and although among hedges and plants, they dwelt with the king there.

No lawful place, or gracious occupation, however mean, can debar us from communion with our divine Lord. In visiting hovels, swarming lodging-houses, workhouses, or gaols, we may go with the king. In all works of faith we may count upon Jesus’ fellowship. It is when we are in His work that we may reckon upon His smile. Ye unknown workers who are occupied for your Lord amid the dirt and wretchedness of the lowest of the low, be of good cheer, for jewels have been found upon dunghills ere now, earthen pots have been filled with heavenly treasure, and ill weeds have been transformed into precious flowers.

Dwell ye with the King for His work, and when He writes His chronicles your name shall be recorded. “Your reward”, did we forget to mention about it? You will be rewarded by the Lord, apart from your earthly reward, your everlasting reward to be with the Lord is guaranteed.

Praise the Lord! Someone does not quite like the issue of settling down  among plants and hedges, having rough, rustic, hedging and ditching work to do for the desire of better abode. Hear me beloved, if Jesus think along your thought line, is possible we cannot stand to boost of being with the Lord after here on earth. Also note that Christ humbled himself considering all that was set before Him. can you emulate Him and do likewise, come let’s consider it together:

“He humbled Himself.” Philippians 2:8

Jesus is the great teacher of lowliness of heart. We need daily to learn of Him. See the Master taking a towel and washing His disciples’ feet! Follower of Christ, wilt thou not humble thyself? See Him as the Servant of servants, and surely thou canst not be proud! Is not this sentence the compendium of His biography, “He humbled Himself”?

Was He not on earth always stripping off first one robe of honour and then another, till, naked, He was fastened to the cross, and there did He not empty out His inmost self, pouring out His life-blood, giving up for all of us, till they laid Him penniless in a borrowed grave?

How low was our dear Redeemer brought! How then can we be proud? Stand at the foot of the cross, and count the purple drops by which you have been cleansed; see the thorn-crown; mark His scourged shoulders, still gushing with encrimsoned rills; see hands and feet given up to the rough iron, and His whole self to mockery and scorn; see the bitterness, and the pangs, and the throes of inward grief, showing themselves in His outward frame; hear the thrilling shriek, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” And if you do not lie prostrate on the ground before that cross, you have never seen it: if you are not humbled in the presence of Jesus, you do not know Him.

You were so lost that nothing could save you but the sacrifice of God’s only begotten. Think of that, and as Jesus stooped for you, bow yourself in lowliness at His feet. A sense of Christ’s amazing love to us has a greater tendency to humble us than even a consciousness of our own guilt.

May the Lord bring us in contemplation to Calvary, then our position will no longer be that of the pompous man of pride, but we shall take the humble place of one who loves much because much has been forgiven him. Pride cannot live beneath the cross.

Let us sit there and learn our lesson, and then rise and carry it into practice. As you sing the song with me:

THE OLD RUGGED CROSS

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,

The emblem of suffering and shame;

And I love that old cross where the dearest and best

For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Chorus:

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

‘Til my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

And exchange it some day for a crown.

Click here to continue the song.

Beloved, this week is blessed in the Name of Jesus. You’re going out and coming in will be ordered by the Lord Himself. Deliverance and healing is coming our way. Shout alleluia! Praise the Lord.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.