Spiritual

DESTINY HELPERS

Praying for and about “Destiny Helpers” have become a major prayer point among believers. It supposes that there is someone who God has appointed to play that role in your life in helping you attain your destiny.

This uncanny disposition by many believers is one of determinism and control, where someone holds the access meant for others and must be prayed into alignment so that they can receive what rightfully is theirs. 

While it is true that God will often use and always uses other persons to be a blessing, we must note that it is entirely a divine prerogative. You and I have no power to assume that God has appointed someone to be a “destiny helper”. It is not even consistent with scripture.

The only authoritative statement upon which we build our faith is what Jesus says about who will help us attain our destinies; The Holy Spirit. It is the only personality that carries the nomenclature of “helper”. John 14:16-26,  John 15:26, John 16:13-15.

If you are a part of God’s Kingdom, you already have “The Helper” living in you. It has its assignment properly spelt out and cannot be distracted with other things like human helpers are. It is to guide you into all truth, reveal the mind of your creator, and show you things to come. It will even help you pray accurately Romans 8:26-27.

You can still pray about your human destiny helpers. I’m sure it’s okay. I just want to show you a higher way.

All you need that pertains to life and godliness has already been given to you (1 Peter 1:2-3), so it is best to go on a discovery and find the Help God has released to you. If you ignore that help and search for it outside, you will pierce your heart with many sorrows and disappointments.

So whenever you lift up your heart and eyes in prayer, let your focus be solely on the one who made heaven and earth (Psalms 121:1 and  124:8). Let Him decide how He chooses to help you. Your heart will find true rest in this.

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CONSIDER THE BIRDS

A few weeks ago, on a Saturday morning, I heard a sharp tweet by my bedroom window and stood up to see what it was. At first, I could not figure out through the dusty window net where the tiny high-pitched sound was coming from. Then I heard the chirp again as if to say “I am here, check me out.” Perched vertically on my window frame, was a tiny bird, so beautiful and alluring that I was frozen by its color and the shape of its beak. I begged it not to move so I could reach for my cellphone to violate this precious moment. It agreed and allowed a few clicks before it flew off. For some reason, to date, I just cannot stop thinking about what the little creature was trying to tell me.

Recently, while in continuous mediation of that encounter, I got a Netflix recommendation for a new science documentary called Connected. As though to keep me focused on the subject matter of birds, the very first episode of the series focused on the curious intuition of a specie called the Veery, a North American thrush with a brown back and speckled breast. In the program, the ornithologist and his team are trying to understand the migration pattern of Veeries from the North Eastern forests of the US. They migrated every year in a very unpredictable pattern, sometimes even cutting short their breeding season to migrate south. 

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THE REVELATION OF COVID-19: WHAT KIND OF PERSON ARE YOU?

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I believe it was the Roman Poet, Horace, who theorized about the effects of adversity on the human character. The statement was – “Adversity is the true test of character.” It is nothing novel that he wrote on, but at least he created a framework to think about how humans behave when circumstances or situations become difficult for living. This is also something that resonates with each human, so this conversation isn’t tangential to relationship dynamics either. It is in adversity that you find elements of your personality enhanced or advanced.

Abraham Lincoln, a man of great thought and respect, lanky and full of swagger, swanked his way from Horace by upping the ante for the human character. Lincoln’s theory on power as a better test of human character arises from his words – “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” His assertion, though not finite, is faultless. Power, in its various forms and expression of human capacity, underlies the true revelation of the self.

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