THE GIFT OF NAAMAN

10 Years ago as a young banker i had an offer to clear a fraudulent cheque valued at #4.2b with a bonus of #100-110m but i declined working with a principle that “whatever i think i cannot make is what i steal ” . That was the gift of Naaman and the appetite of Gehazi!  The person who took the offer was arrested a month after his juicy wedding, lost his job and shattered his early marriage with a frustrated pregnant wife.  Proverbs 15:27a says “He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house”

Every Good gift and every perfect gift cometh from God the father of all lights with whom there is no variableness neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

Good gift and Perfect gift comes from God not Naaman! it is the perfection of heart that help identify rightness of the gift of Naaman. Not all gifts are meant to be received. our stand with God is what scans the gifts as God instructs us. Am very sure there was a need in the house of the prophet but it wasnt the time and type of Gift that would meet His needs. Only discipline can make a man to reject the gift of Naaman.

A careful observation would let you know that Naaman brought his gift with pride. 2 kings 5:11! Bribe comes with pride and pride comes before destruction. many gifts are entrapment because the gift of a man makes a way for Him. Gehazi didnt appreciate the clothing he had on that reflected the glory of God so he opted for the suit of leprosy. Many subordinates never wonder why there contented boss rejected the gift of Naaman. Many people have received gifts that slaughtered them. ignorance and lack of faith in God always bedevils many. faith and patience are requirements for good and perfect gifts. Your need doe not determine your gift, it is the favor of God that is sponsored by the fear of the Lord that organizes your gift , such gifts lift you and not plant sorrow in your life and future.

Satan also packages gifts that will deflate the life and ministry of many today, satanic gift are everywhere today especially with the scarcity mentality that ignorance portrays all around us. proverbs 9:16-18!

Who is Naaman? The political merchants, the business magnates and the many around with lousy wealthy that create a scene when they come, they blare the siren, they command convoys, they come with presidential notes and letters. The so called celebrities and societal respected offices and Dirty chiefs that expect respect that they can’t earn etc. They let everyone know their presence and they display their posts, staff of offices. Naamans will always see that there is a miracle before they bring gift. 2 kings 5:15!  They make their gift look like they are doing you a favor when they actually need what they don’t have but are in you. Any man who can’t value His worth will always fall for the gift of Naaman.

Faith is a must if you must receive a gift from the good God. He that will come to God must believe that He is the rewarded of them that diligently seek him. Naaman waited until his leprosy was cleansed before He believed that there is God in Israel. That is not the divine order. Faith is a prerequisite for perfect gifts.

 


Gehazi couldn’t control his appetite for the gift of Naaman! Through many studies and observation i have discovered that whatsoever has no boundary is a bondage! Even the garden of Eden had controls and boundaries! 


Today, in many offices, businesses and ministries the gift of Naaman has paralyzed efficiency and effectiveness of their operations. Many positions have been used as compensations and exchange strategies because of the gift of Naaman, special services that ought to be for the salvation of souls, spiritual edification for the needy, sick, challenged are now organized for Naamans. Hands that are to be laid on young Elisha’s are now laid because of the gift of Naaman. The church even observes Pareto to attend to humanity but Jesus didn’t even despise children that had nothing to give.

Many professionals and educated people cannot value the worth of their learning so they fall prey to filthy gifts of Naaman that put leprosy on their years of education and expertise. Can’t you see the ridicule in our nation today? Well educated people in the net of messy bribery and corruption. They couldn’t kill the gehazi inside them, so they run after the gift of Naaman. Adultery and fornication is also the gift of Naaman that will run destiny down and leave your life with a low or no battery to energize the pursuit of your vision.

Many leaders, ministers, professional and even pastors facilitate the gift of Naaman by displaying desperation either stylishly or frankly. That is why a low esteemed pastor who doesn’t know that his lift is in gift that comes from God not Naaman will make demands or send sms or specially greet or accord attention to selected Naamans in his congregation and many times it devalues their anointing and their leadership. They suddenly become dry wells that can’t quench the thirst of the people again just like Gehazi they fade away shamefully. Elisha knew his anointing was not a result of manipulation. It was a processed in the furnace of a right walk with God.

The Jesus in you is worth countless times what any man in this passing world can dare to offer you! Sterilize your offers and reject the gift of Naaman for your true prosperity and posterity. What inheritance do you want to leave for your generation? Honor or leprosy! Elisha is remembers as a generational hero but Gehazi is remembered a caution and curse because of the gift of Naaman.

Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? can one go upon hot coals and his feet not be burned?

Beware of the gift of Naaman. John 12:26!

Think about your end irrespective of what you do or the position you occupy! Selah!

Julius Afolabi

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MARRIAGE AND WEDDING TIPS IN RECESSION

Prudence is superior to recession. Love is wise.  Recession should suspend your wedding!

In all sincerity, Recession shouldn’t stop your wedding if you have matured your preparation for marriage. Stop postponing your marriage if you are ripe, life is a race against time. The major factor is marrying right and Making the right decision. It is not about what people will say, it is what your experience and life will be after the wedding that is crucial. it is important not to enter marriage because of wedding or pressure, if you are frustrated before wedding, you will be humiliated in marriage. Don’t know it all, pride ushers disgraceful fall. Seek the face of God and seek counsel from spiritually matured people prayerfully.

Here are a few tips to tip off your slumber and economic fear. Wedding is only a bridge not a location!

Many people want to impress people and depress themselves. It is the marriage that matters o.
– It is not how flamboyant your wedding is, it is how blissful your marriage will be. Your wedding budget has no correlation with your marital joy. Understanding is the differential. You don’t need a deficit budget to fix your wedding, your marriage will have an unfavorable balance and then you swim into validating your decision. Debt driven wedding makes marriage a liability.
– Wedding card is a disposable, who said you can’t print letters? its an invite not a wall plaque.
– If you slaughter countless cows men will still complain. People are invited to witness not to consume. Refreshment is not 3 square meal.
– Rather than owe to fix wedding, sow a seed to seal your marriage.
– Some churches don’t take offerings in wedding ceremonies, why should officiating ministers demand honorarium? Let God honor you. Jesus our example said I receive no honor from men. John 5:41!
– Many Aso ebi don’t last beyond the wedding neither are they true symbols of family love and unity. Marital and family unity is superior to aso ebi unity. Even wicked uncles and auntys wear aso ebi.
– Engagement and wedding could be done the same day. Time is life. Merge the expenses. It will reduce accommodation expense and inconvenience challenges. Serious people are busy.
– You don’t have to buy two rings, get a wedding band. The commitment is between the couples not the world. The people who will say you don’t have an engagement ring will see your wedding band. Two rings self no be weight?
– Thank God wedding gowns can be rented but where you can afford, buy one. If you cant, rent one, after all you are not going to announce that you did. The major matter is ensure you pray fervently over the rented gown so that you don’t import the marital realities of those who have used that you may never know their spiritual and personal status. Life is deep! Some people say wedding gown are ceremonial burial garment. its all a tradition of old tale! Would the ceremonial burial gown change the eternal home of the person? It is what you did with your life and choice that matter at death. Duet 30:19. Let’s get out of tradition and face the truth.
– Be happy with those that didn’t attend your wedding but are praying for your marriage than those who attended but wish you hell in the marriage or showed up for analysis and mockery.
– Traditional rites should not be a rope of suicide, if all God who gives and sustain life is only asking for our choice to obey Him, (Ecc 12:13) why should any man compel people for excessive material demands with financial burden. Pray to God concerning what you can give to Caesar, humbly seek discounts. Ask, negotiate. Be spiritual not traditional too, because the gift of a man is a point of contact. Pray about everything!!! God will help you and grant you favor once your bed and courtship process is not defiled.

Don’t let recession be an excuse! If you can afford a colorful wedding why not but if you can’t don’t die in depression. It is marital experience that is the color of your wedding.

Purposeful Life is not for comparison, everyone has his or her lane. Don’t compare and contrast till you frustrate yourself. Life is an individual race. Every man shall be accountable for himself.

With these few wits of mine, i believe i have relieved you of the mask of economic fear!

Please share, freely contribute and comment objectively.

Julius Afolabi