might say;”but Bishop Mouth did a very great job and should be complimented”. I
will than direct your attention to the difference between what God sees and
what men sees. Mouth was very talented and a crowd puller but was he capable of
exercising the wisdom needed to rule the body. Was it in the original plan of
God that he should be the leader of the body? Do we find ourselves here in any
way? Are we using the gifts and talents that God give us for its intended
purpose? Let’s say you have a nice voice to preach or sing and people are
attracted to you for that purpose. Is that reason enough to use it to look down
on others or preach division or hatred? Is it reason enough to use it to tear
down the homes of others etc? Many of us have to reexamine ourselves and the
way in which we use the gifts God give to us. Sometimes we are aware that where
we are is a misfit and we can not do our best there, yet we do not try to move
forward to the area the God placed us. Ever seen a very good musician who tries
to be an usher in a church? Ever spotted a prayer warrior, chorister, etc who
is a misfit? I am sure we all have. The result is that you can not get what is
needed from that misfit person in that particular area. However if he/she is
placed right you will see a new person that you did not know; fresh and
blooming; but if the contrary is the case the result is always a disaster.
The next lesson here is: only listening and following the instructions of God
who give you those gifts can you be able to exploit them to their fullest. As
soon as you become proud and think about only your self interest, you are on
the path of self destruction. You fail to take into consideration the feelings
of God and your fellowmen. You begin to believe that you are an end within
yourself. That is when you die spiritually and physically.
Mouth was so sure of himself/herself that it did not take into consideration
the purpose of God for the body. In fact, mouth did not care if there were
members of the body that he did not reach. All mouth thought about was how to
please the majority. Sometimes in cases like these God takes the side of the
minority and they become more powerful than the majority. When the majority relies
on their popularity physically and the minority relies on their popularity
spiritually, wonders take place that results to everlasting results. Lets take
the story of that servant of God, a refugee, fed by birds, housed by a widow,
his only physical possession was his staff/walking stick, from a village so
insignificant( in his days) mentioned only once in the bible; who was running
from the most powerful, popular King and Queen of his day. When it was time for
a showdown God came in full and prove that indeed He approved of this minority
and the result was wonders never again repeated in the history of man in like
manner; fire from heaven, fiery chariot taking a human to heaven.
Stomach was now an outcast, rejected and not even accepted by the members of the
body, over thrown from its God given purpose by a misfit, a misplaced talent
and a part of his/her family. This was the same situation a friend of God found
himself in one day long ago:
• "In 2 Samuel 15:14 David has left the City of David on Mount Zion (where it
still sits today now excavated after centuries beneath the dust of time); he
walks down Zion to the Kidron ravine, passes over a small brook of flowing
water (15:23), follows the pathway up the mountain called Olives (15:30).
• At the very top he pauses (15:32) and offers worship to the Lord. Then he
runs into Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth (the crippled son of David's friend
Jonathan, son of Saul) who brings food to help David (16:1-4)
David has been joined by his faithful soldiers and mighty men. He has been
sought out by the good and godly priests. He has been fed by the humble
servants of others. So this next visitor was so unexpected. But so was
everything else happening on this fateful day.
David is just reeling from it all. The whole insurrection or coup d'etat was so
unexpected. The speed at which a loved and trusted son was able to draw the
entire nation away from David was staggering. David's thoughts raced back and
forth from all the battles he had fought to save these people of Israel from
their enemies. And now those very people's children were the army that had
joined his son to kill him.
Then he thought of how he had rescued his own son Absalom so many times. Before
he was old enough to even realize it David had kept young Absalom from Saul's
hand. Later David had risked his life to attack the raiding bands of the desert
peoples and rescue Absalom from their grasp. Then David remembered bringing
young and handsome Absalom up to Jerusalem, the
City of David, Zion
the City of God.
How it had thrilled David's heart to build a home and see his wives and
children happy and secure in the home that God had provided. But nothing would
ever be the same. Tamar was raped by Amnon. Absalom killed Amnon. Now Absalom
was seeking to kill his own father David. Nothing was right; nothing would ever
make this go away.
Back and forth flew his thoughts, his painful questions--why do the people turn
away from me so quickly? Why does my own son hate me? Why does God allow all
And then as David looks around at his mighty men marching like a wall of
strength around him, that space once occupied by the bravest of the brave, is
empty. The same Uriah that went to his death at David's deceitful bidding and
murderous plot did so because he was loyal to the death for David--and always
David's thoughts raced back over the years and again smote him with contrition.
Yes, again he knew that against the Lord all this had been done. And now David
was suffering the consequences.
Somewhere in the midst of thoughts like these, mingled with tears, a barefoot
David hears trouble coming. Before he saw him, he heard the hatred of his
curses. Coming up from Bahurim, the first village on the downward slope of the Mt. of Olives
is the figure of an angry man. Bitter to the point of blindness is this distant
relative of Saul. With the poison of a venomous serpent on his tongue-curses,
dust and rocks fly from the one man army named Shimei. With every means
possible he tries to attack David while he is down.
Isn't that how temptations often come? The devil in alliance with our flesh,
the world around us, and the demons--tries to always get us at our weakest
moment. It was perfect timing--David was physically, emotionally, mentally, and
humanly at his weakest and lowest point. But much to Satan's disappointment I'm
sure, David was not at his lowest point spiritually”.
This was the same case with those who mouth overlooked and left out of his
governmental set up. Besides stomach there is this part of the body which is an
outlet for all refuse of the body. It placed at a spot where it is not too
visible to everyone and its outward appearance is very small. The refuse that
passes out through this part of the body does not have a good odor and it does
not enjoy sunlight. Its name is as ugly, anus. Anus was very mad that it was
left out of the government of the body and said to stomach its closest friend;
"but big brother these guys have no respect for us and even God who made us the
way we are. I think we should teach them a lesson. It must be a lesson that
they will remember as long as we exist as a single unit”. Stomach listened to
Anus and laughingly asked: "Big brother what can we do? Mouth has already won
the elections and we must get use to it. We are not a part of his government.
Anus replied: Brother I might be small and hidden here at the bottom of the
body but I know I am very important to God. He created me to be important where
ever I am, regardless of where I am located. This is what we are going to do
and we will prove to the body that it takes our combine efforts to keep this
unit functional and moving. "You are speaking in riddles Anus,” said Stomach
"Spell it out”.
God wants the treasure that He is within us to spill and shine out from our
lives. That of course is humanly impossible. That is why David spoke of the
power of the Holy Spirit within him (II Samuel 23:2) in his final words; so we
echo Paul's words of the precious Spirit of the Living God within us. It is
God's grace and power through His Spirit that is our only source of strength to
live and die this way. - during. (Young's Literal Translation, 1862) (Discover
The Book). Regardless of who we are, God is able to direct our thoughts in
times of problems if we really trust in Him. Deep within us lies the power of
wisdom to overcome any circumstance if we put our trust in Him. The song writer
"Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come, why should my
heart be lonely and long for Heav'n and home, when Jesus is my portion? My
constant Friend is He: His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me; His
eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
"Let not your heart be troubled," His tender word I hear, and resting
on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears; tho' by the path He leadeth but
one step I may see: His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me; His
eye is on the sparrow, and I know we watches me.
Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise, when songs give place to sighing,
when hope within me dies, I draw the closer to Him; from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me; His eye is on the sparrow,
and I know He watches me.
Refrain: I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free, for His eye is on
the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
Twenty-seven hundred years ago when Israel was in a steep decline and headed
for national ruin, defeat and deportation to Babylon--the prophet Habakkuk
wrote one of the most hope filled paragraphs in the Bible:
Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls--
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.” (Cross Walk Devotional)
Anus looked at stomach and said: "I was given charge of the borders of the
body. I am going to close the border at this end and all you have to do is to
return every substance/food/water that comes through mouth. Do not allow it to
settle and the same route it used to come in should be the same route it will
use to go out. Let’s see if the body can stand this for a week.” Stomach
laughed and laughed: "Oh yes Brother in that case we will prove to them that
God created us all equals with individual differences, strength and weakness.
They will learn that only God saves”.
That is exactly what happened that day after the victory of President Mouth.
Anus closed the border and stomach began to return everything that was send down
to it. You my dear readers are in a better position to tell me what began to
happen to the body after a week. Mouth wanted to put up a fight and try to
encourage everyone to remain strong and courageous. By the middle of the second
week the situation was a different story. As you are already aware everything
send to Stomach through mouth was returned through the same route. Gradually
brain began to experienced memory loss, ears (Ministry of information) began to
experience hearing problems, Eyes and nose (the security network) began to
experience false signals; because they were growing dim. Hands (Ministry of
defense) could hardly lift up itself, and legs (Ministry of Transportation)
were now short of fuel. Fellow believers’ ugly things happen when a body is not
together, when talents are misplaced and there is disunity.. So the big
question was: what could the President do to remedy this situation? What means
did he have to force stomach and Anus to corporate with the body? The way
things were going if care was not taken the body would have collapsed and die.
Something had to be done.
Our God always gives us a chance to come back to our senses and correct our
mistakes. That is if we are willing to accept our mistakes and turn back to
him. Forgiveness is the greatest gift that man has ever received after the gift
of life from God. "Mark 3:20-30
The New Testament records 37 miracles that Jesus performed during His earthly
ministry. These include sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, life to the
dead, health to the sick -- and many other tremendous miracles supernaturally
performed by Christ.
Which one was the greatest? If you analyze them they were wonderful but ALL
were only temporary.
o The paralyzed, lame, mute, and blind that Jesus gave back eyes, fingers,
toes, and skin eventually lost them all again when they got sick and died some
o Peter's mother-in-law was miraculously set free from a fever but years later
died of other causes which may also involve a fever.
o The food miraculously created by Jesus was consumed by the five and four
thousands, and used up -- and hunger returned the next day.
o The eyes restored to blind Bartimaeus were used, worn out, and dimmed by the
time he died.
o The hearing that the deaf received were subject to the natural downward slide
of the human body and faded most likely by their death.
o Those dancing feet after Christ's touch that the lame possessed, soon turned
to a shuffle and then stopped working altogether as they lay in bed awaiting
death many years later.
o Lepers who found fresh new skin and limbs saw them again return to wrinkles,
weakness, and finally immobility as circulation, respiration, and digestion all
slowly were assaulted by the weight of many years.
o So yes, Jesus performed many miracles -- but all of them but one were
The answer is the one that never faded, never aged, never ended. It was the
miracle unladed by time, untouched by health, unaffected by circumstances. That
miracle, the greatest miracle is the one that Jesus Christ is still doing in
our midst today. It is the miracle that I have personally experienced. It is
the miracle that most of us in this room have also experienced. It is the
greatest of all Christ's miracles -- the miracle of complete forgiveness.”
President Mouth saw no way out of this doomsday that he/she had brought upon
the body through selfishness, pride, greed and the misplacement of his/her God
given talent/gift. The members of the body had no other choice than to appeal
to stomach and Anus for forgiveness. Did the friends agreed to forgive them and
if so ,on what grounds? Before we discuss the conclusion of this matter, it is
also necessary to returned to the two Kings that we contrasted in part 1 of
this message. It is time to take another look at that matter;
"So dies Saul, an apostate. One who experienced the Word of God, the Spirit of
God, the power of God and the leading of God - and willfully turns from it!
Apostates know the truth and have received knowledge from God, but then turn
From his last supper King Saul completes his despair and defeat by his death.
So he dies in his sin, a murderous, wicked, bitter and angry old man. He is
slain by one of the very people he was to exterminate, the Amalekites! He like
so many others came so close to God and ended so far from God eternally!
What about that other man who sinned? How did David do? Where are the lessons
David learned in this horrible pit of sin? Forever recorded in Psalm 32
"The Song of a soul set free"
• David sings with DELIGHT when his SINS WERE CLEANSED v. 1-2 Blessed is he
whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to
whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
• David sings in DESPAIR when his SINS WERE CONCEALED v. 3-4 When I kept
silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. 4 For day and
night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of
• David sings of DELIVERANCE when his SINS WERE CONFESSED v. 5-7 I acknowledged
my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord," And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Selah 6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when
You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near
him. 7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall
surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
• David sings about his DESIRE that his SINFUL WAYS BE CRUSHED v. 8-11 I will
instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My
eye. 9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy
shall surround him. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And
shout for joy, all you upright in heart! "
David was wise enough to repent and asked for forgiveness of his sins to God. I
will not say much about David than the fact that he was humble enough to cry to
God and he was saved. President Mouth asked for forgiveness first to God and
his fellow members and give up the position to stomach. In his/her acceptance
speech, stomach thanked God for creating all of them equal in His sight; for
giving each person a unique gift, that once combined can bring about the best
results for everyone. He/she left the governmental setup as it was with the
inclusion of two additional post. Mouth (Ministry of immigration) in charge of
testing every substance that enters the body and Anus (Ministry of Foreign
Affairs) in charge of everything that leaves the body. From that day forth
Stomach was made King. Everyone to this day work very hard to please the King.
Everyday the greatest need man has physically is to maintain the stomach. When
it is filled and healthy it distribute what is necessary for the body. Yes
every member now strives to satisfy the King. Mouth now used its voice to speak
when items are needed (ie. in the Market) and is the one who sample and
satisfied the supply going into the stomach. With each part of the body
combining their various talents and uniting to supply the King in order to be
supply themselves, the result is a strong healthy body. When one member is sick
the body is sick.
In conclusion, I will advice that we seek to know and use our God giving
gifts/talents for the Glory of God. That is why it was given to us for. We must
understand that no tree is a forest and our gifts can only shine brightest if
in the right place and united with others. I challenge you this day to check
yourself properly to see if you are where God intended you to be or a misfit.
Check to see if your gift is shining to its fullest for the Glory of God and
the betterment of everyone. If not remember that God is faithful and ready to
forgive you if you just desire change. In our diversities lies great strength
if we unite. The sky becomes the limit to what we can achieve with God on our
side. Unity in Diversity equals strength; unity in diversity equals breaking
down impossibilities. We were each given a piece of the puzzle to the key of
break through and life and with God on our side, when combine there is instant
rewards. It is my prayer that after reading this message you will find
something valuable to take along with you. May God richly bless you my beloved.
NB: As I mentioned in part 1 of this message I used the quoted text from Cross
Walk Devotions (Discover The Book). I did not change them in any way but used
them as they were send to me in the devotionals.