BIBLE READING:  2 Samuel  13: 1-14

“ After this,  Absalom the son of David had a lovely sister whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.  Amnon was so distressed over his sister Tamar that he became sick; for she was a virgin. And  it was improper for Amnon to do anything to her. But Amnon had a friend whose name was  Jonadab  the son of  Shimeah, David’s  brother. Now Jonadab  was a very crafty man. And  he said to him,  Why are you the king’s son, becoming  thinner day after day?  Will you not tell me?  Amnon  said to him, I love Tamar, my brother,  Absalom’s sister. So Jonadab said to him, lie down in your bed and pretend to be  ill. And when your father comes to see you, say to him,  please let my sister Tamar come and give me food, and  prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it  and eat it from her hand. Then Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill and when the king came to see him, Amnon  said to the king, please let Tamar my sister come and make a couple of cakes for me in my sight that I may eat from her  hand.  And David sent home  to  Tamar, saying, now go to your brother Amnon’s  house and prepare food for him. So Tamar went to her brother’s house and he was lying down. Then she took flour and kneaded it, made cakes in his sight and baked the cakes. And she  took the pan  and placed them out before him but he refused to eat it. Then  Amnon  said,  have everyone go out from me , and they all went out  from him. Then  Amnon  said to Tamar, bring the food into the bedroom  that  I may  eat from your hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she  had made  and brought them to Amnon  her brother in the bed room. Now  when she had brought  them to him to eat, he took hold  of her and said to her, come, lie with me, my sister. But she answered him, no  my  brother, do not force me for no such thing should  be done in Israel. Do not do this disgraceful thing. And  I, where  could  I take my shame?  And as for you,  you will be like  one of the fools in Israel. Now, therefore,  please  speak  to  the king  for he will not withhold me from you. However, he would not heed her voice and being stronger than she, he forced her and lay with her.”David had many wives and this is one of the problems  affecting  polygamy.  Amnon  and Absalom were David’s son  but not of the same mother. Absalom  had  a younger   sister of the same mother called Tamar. Amnon  fell  in love with Tamar  and the love was so deep that Amnon    grew  thinner  everyday and had sleepless nights.  Amnon had  a friend  called Jonadab ( the son of David’s brother).  Amnon confided in Jonadad  that he loved his sister Tamar. Jonadab  being a crafty person advised him to pretend to  be ill and  make a request to the king that Tamar should prepare food for him.  David approved and got Tamar to do the needful. Amnon  forced  and  lay with her and Absalom killed him.

The word of exhortation here is who   is the person influencing you  and who are you influencing?  God wants you  to understand  that  salvation is apart and you may go through storms in life. These storms may not  be from the devil  but caused by you. When a man does  not  realize what he is doing, you just try to manage it. God  has planted  conscience in everybody’s  heart . Your conscience can find you guilty but God wants you to  correct/ adjust it. Jonadab  was supposed to have told  Amnon  that  what he intended  to do to his sister  is abomination.  That informs us of the extent people uphold abomination in  America  and other parts of the world.  A notable example is the judgment of the supreme court  that upholds the practice of same sex marriage in America.  What is highly exalted among men  is an abomination in the sight of God.  It is terrestrial  and  terrestrial  can never overcome celestial ( word of God). The word of man could  fail because it is not of God.  A decree can be revoked.  Anything  God has not planted  in your life   will be uprooted in Jesus Name. Amen. Everybody understands equality but  it should not be misconstrued for a sinful thing. Same Sex Marriage is sinful,  demonic-, sensual and abomination.  Therefore, you should not embrace, welcome, agree, take or  accommodate it.   These abominable acts started from Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord destroyed  the city with brimstones  and fire. Genesis 19:24 says  “ Then the Lord rained brimstones and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah from the Lord out of the heavens.” So  Lot  saw salvation by the mercy of the Lord and because of the covenant between Him and Abraham.  Malachi 3:6 says “ For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.”  Hebrew  13:8  says  “ Jesus  is the same yesterday, today and forever.”   The Lord is a consuming fire. Proverbs 21:30-31 says “ There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against the Lord. The horse is prepared for the day of battle but deliverance is of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 13:8 says  “ For we can do nothing  against the truth but for the truth.”  You  can not  change  the things of God.  God disapproves abomination. Proverbs 19:21 says “  There are many plans in a man’s heart.  Nevertheless the  Lord’s  counsel- that will stand.”  It is the counsel  of God  that will stand in America  and the world as a whole. Two men  and  two women would live together in the house as husband and wife   and their children would call them Mom  and  Dad.  You should not allow the  consequences  o f  same sex  marriage in the family to turn children’s  head upside down  or cause them mental problems. It is  abominable to join man and man together; woman and woman together. It is against the Christian religion and  the will  of God. As soldiers of Christ, it is only the will of God that will prevail . Influence  spreads  like cancerous diseases and the approval of same sex marriage  in America is influencing  everybody.  2  Corinthians 3:9 says “  For if the ministry  of condemnation had glory,  the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more  in  glory.” God  is not sleeping or slacking.  God does not want you to come to condemnation.  John 17:12 says “ While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You  gave Me  I have kept and none of them is  lost  except  the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. Those  subject for destruction will go for destruction but you are ordained for salvation in Jesus Name. Amen.  Before  you  move with somebody, you should find out  the value the person will add to your life; In a church, find out what value your Pastor will add to your life;  Find out the value you will add to your society, your family, your community etc.  Just because God has blessed you,  you  are enjoying yourself when your family  members are suffering .  In Nigeria, there are no good roads, no electricity, no  adequate pipe-borne water. The question is what value has the Government  of the day added to people’s  lives?   Psalm 138:8 says  “ The Lord will perfect that which concerns me ; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;  Do not forsake the works of  Your hands.”   Matthew 5:48 says ‘ Therefore you shall  be perfect  just as  your   Father in  heaven is perfect. “  God  is God of perfect. Some  broken  marriages   emanated from the advice of bad friends. If  a  husband  and a wife have divorced, there is  still a solution. With God all things are possible. Homes that are destabilized can still be re-organized. You should run away from bad company. Evil communication corrupts good  manners. Some  people have good fathers/ mothers but have chosen  another parent claiming that their parents are illiterates. Jesus  took  our pains, sorrow,  in  short- everything.  If a woman says her husband is a tiger in the house , the tiger  can still be caged.  If  your husband  is  occult, you can still save him as a woman of God. The  Bible says  darkness can never overshadow light.  Matthew 5:14 says “  You are the light of the world.  A city that is set  on a hill cannot be hidden.”  When light radiates in darkness,  it illuminates better. You are dwelling  in the midst of powers of darkness  but because you are light, you will illuminate it. You have to choose the right friend, the right adviser, the right counselor.  Marriage can be broken in one day. Separation is not divorce and  it is not forever. Separation can still be revived but if  one of the partners says he/she  cannot continue, allow  him/her to  go. But  let  not  the divorce  come from side. God has given you your purpose and destiny in life. The dream of David is different from that of Daniel.  God blessed  David, the twelfth son of Jesse.  God favored Saul – the first son of Kish from  the tribe of Benjamin; God favored Joseph – the eleventh son of Jacob. Jacob actually had twelve sons. God’s ways are not our ways.  His  works are different from the way we think. You have to celebrate what the Lord is doing  in the  life of  other people, your brothers and sisters  and wait for your own time. Joshua was loyal to Moses . He was not jealous  of  the miracles of  Moses when  he divided the  Red sea with his staff.;  when manner fell from heaven; when water came out from the rock.   Joshua was thankful to God.  God  who  created the fingers did not make them  equal  and they  all have different functions. Rejoice with people so that people will rejoice with you. What value are you  adding  to the church?  You  should  stop  being a rumor monger in the church. You should pray for people who are not  well off  or  who do not have good jobs.  Pray  for your  elders. Do not say negative  things against your parents, brothers and sisters . You should know that there is something  connecting  you and them. If you disgrace them, you are also disgraced. God wants to beautify  you  but rejoice with people so that your own joy  will be in abundance. In Nigeria, some people are so generous but  when they travel overseas, they change from their amiable ways.  You should be aware of your adviser or counselor.  Amnon heeded  to the wrong  advise of  Jonadab  and that led to his untimely death.  There is the tendency for you to be attacked if you are:

  1. Doing  good things: If you are doing good things, Satan will attack  you spiritually so that you will stop doing  good things.
  2. Disappointment; Expect disappointment  so that you  will stop doing good things. People will disappoint you.
  3. Lifting people up: When you lift people up , you will be lifted up too.

From today, you are going up you are going higher in Jesus Name. Amen.



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