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Spiritual Updating

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3 May 2024

We hear about this common procedure all the time. It has become part of the twenty first century business language. The supervisors always demand from their subordinates report about what is going on in the department. The supervisor needs the report in order to provide an updated strategy that will make the company to function smartly and profitably.  Perhaps this is still strange to us.  Do we listen to the communication of our computer everyday telling us about the available updated programs? What about our handset phone revealing bundles of updated software that automatically down-loaded into our phones and install themselves without waiting for our permission? The electronic gadgets first of all reported to the server via internet how the software was functioning before an automatic update and improved version software would be made available to the system via the same medium. These systems are simply ensuring that the users operate efficiently and smartly at all times and at same time do away with the outdated software.

For this same reason some professions like medicine and accounting always insist on refresher programs.  Doctors have to be up to date on current medical techniques and smarter innovations and new inventions that will help them to render better medical services people. Accountants need to be evolve and up to date with the ever-changing national and global financial policies to better serve the financial procedures of the nations.

When our Heavenly Father demands that we seek His face, He is simply demanding from us a report concerning the affairs of our lives and of the ministries He had committed into our hands.  Does He not know about them?  Of course, He knows all things but He still requires a report from us so that He can give us specific updated strategies for the task ahead.  We do make this feedback available unto our Heavenly Father during our one-on-one relationship with our Father in Heaven in our quiet time. During the quality times we spent in thanksgiving and supplication, Bible reading and meditating in His words, He gives us spiritual update in the form of His inspired revelations.

When the Israelites got to the Desert of Sin, in their wilderness journey, they were thirsty. It got to a point that they were so angry with their leader, Moses and were about to stone him because of the thirst. Moses cried unto the Lord in prayer. “And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me. And the LORD said unto Moses, ‘Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.’” (Exodus 17:4-6)  Moses gave a feedback unto the Lord concerning the problems he was having in His ministry. God gave him a specific instruction that with the rod in his hand, he should smite the rock and water will come out of it to meet the needs of the people.

Thirty-eight years later, during their elongated journey in the wilderness, they came back to the same spot in the Desert of Sin.  As before they were very thirsty.  The obnoxious attitude of the Israelites towards their leaders had not changed. Again they were about to stone Moses. As usual Moses cried unto the Lord to let Him know the problem of the people and also what the people were planning.  The Lord extended an updated solution to him with a specific instruction about what he needed to do to provide water for the congregation. “And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, ‘Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.’” (Numbers 20:6-8)

Communication is always bi-directional. Our Heavenly Father desires report from us in our fellowship with Him.  He is ready to communicate an inspired and smart updated solution to our complex situations. The onus is on us to follow His detailed instruction with humility if we desire an excellent outcome. Unfortunately Moses was angry because of the obnoxious and frustrating attitude of the Israelites. In the process, confusion set-in in the application of God’s instruction. Instead of speaking to the rock, contemptuously, Moses smote the rock with the rod in his hand. He thereby applied the thirty-eight years old expired solution to the current situation he had at the desert. Although water came out for the people to drink, the means, that is, the process through which the water was produced, did not bring glory to God. As a result, Moses did not get into the Promised Land.

Beloved Saints,  has it ever crossed your mind why God instructed Joshua saying, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success?” (Joshua 1:8) Consider this verse critically and meditate on it as we journey on in this Christian race.  Let us always humbly inquire of the Lord in our relationship with Him, the deep revelation of His words and carefully apply all the inspired revelations and updates we receive from Him in our ministries to glorify His holy name.

Prayer: O Lord, I plead for your mercy, Merciful God. Let humility rule in my heart in managing and applying the inspired wisdom, knowledge and understanding that you deposited in my heart for your glory, in Jesus name, Amen.


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