Scattered no more

Nehemiah 1:8  Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:

To be scattered is to be as though you have no purpose … to be drifting. A people scattered have no shared vision or understanding . A business scattered has no mission and no apparent goals or focus. A life scattered is here today but there tomorrow …direction-less, found in different places. The devil understands that when people or agenda are scattered, they are weakened by disunity … often working against themselves. They can no more achieve divine purpose. Remember the Tower of Babel … to understand what people can do when they are united, consider they planned to reach even the heavens with their industry …and all God had to do was to scatter them by giving them different tongues.

Nehemiah rightly identifies why God scatters … it is a direct consequence of transgression. This is a violation of the laws of God. Does God still have laws ? Are there things that are still illegal to Him? We are in an era of “anything goes” …. we believe if we can get away with it, and it feels right to us …and we can convince others it is right … then it must be right. We no more check with the word of God or we have rewritten the word of God to make it more “user-friendly” …. are we surprised that we are scattered … homes are scattered …churches are scattered. We can be abroad but not scattered if we are united in God. It is not every growth and expansion that is positive. As you grow your business, focus first on setting godly shared values. Let your principles of buying and selling be understood and well set. Ensure there are ethical standards that you will not deviate from … then you can expand and grow knowing you will not be scattered. I read of many companies in emerging markets engaged in bribery while their home office in the West maintain highest standards. Go abroad as pilgrims and ambassadors … and not as scattered dealers. I pray someone’s business begins to expand to other nations … represented in many continents. But not in a scattered fashion. But planned and directed by vision and values.

Verses for further meditation
1 Cor 9:24-27; Luke 17:6

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Success comes more from masterful stewardship than from creative insight. Are you a steward?

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, forgive all our violations of your laws. Where we have been scattered, Lord bring us back. Amen

As Nehemiah’s wall was built-  so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste.  Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out for Nehemiah’s Wall from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts.

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Night or Light

Gen 30:28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.29 And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me. 30 For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?

Laban is a wicked trickster even as all he offers albeit disguised is eternal night. Do you know his tricks are still the same. His lies are still being used today. The devil asks you to name your wages but he knows you will pay a heavy cost. He changes his word and is full of craftiness pretending to want to help you. But, from the beginning he has always been a wicked slave master. Have you been lured to serve an agent of hell who has promised you great wages without describing full details of the cost? The true cost of serving Laban is to terminate the mission of Joseph. The real cost of serving agents of hell is to forgo a glorious destiny.

What will you have to show your creator on the appointed day of accounting? When will you begin to be what God has ordained you to be? Alas you have no answer – because you were occupied with serving for the wages of Laban. Do you not see how the fruits and cattle of Laban thrive? Is it not evident to you that the wicked continue to gain more ground and revival tarries. You are too busy serving Laban. See how increased are the trappings of worldliness. You have many assets purchased to maintain a high standard of living but all on credit. You contribute little to God’s work – while your father’s house is not cared for. You were ordained to be God’s steward and not Laban’s pawn.

Joseph is born into a controversy. Laban’s contract must be challenged and terminated because our destiny is not eternal night and Laban cannot pay enough to compensate us to forgo God’s light. Revival tarries because Laban is busy recruiting many by his baits. In this text do you notice that Laban did not pay Jacob even fair wages? Why is Jacob’s house not provided for?

Today is a day for fresh discernment. Consider every contract and commitment. Is there anything you are involved in that will cost you your destiny. If there is, know that Christ is born and He has paid the price for the cancellation and annulment of that evil covenant. Come out of every secret society, strange club or fraternity. Come out of every deal in which salvation through Christ and Christ alone is denied. It’s only a trap.


I was born to fight devils and factions. It is my business to remove obstructions,
to cut down thorns, to fill up quagmires, and to open and make straight paths.
But if I must have some failing, let me rather speak the truth with too great severity
than once to act the hypocrite and conceal the truth.

Martin Luther

Prayer: O Lord expose all the lies of Laban fashioned to trap targets into an eternal night. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory.  We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious  because God works His marvellous agenda.   Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily.   Edited by  Bolade Apampa 

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