Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 21: 7-9 (KJV); And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
Historical accounts teach us that on the day that is famously described as the triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem, it was not only Jesus who entered the city in triumph.
Every year, the Roman governor would come in all of his imperial majesty to remind the Jewish pilgrims who had come to attend the Jewish Passover that Rome was in charge.
Two New Testament scholars describe the governor’s procession as a “ visual panoply of imperial power: cavalry on horses, foot soldiers, leather armour, helmets, weapons, banners, golden eagles mounted on poles, sun glinting on metal and gold. Sounds: the marching of feet, the creaking of leather, the clinking of bridles, the beating of drums. The swirling of dust. The eyes of the silent onlookers, some curious, some awed, some resentful.”
However, in a truly contrary fashion, Jesus chose to ride a donkey, not a horse. He did not ride with a battalion of soldiers or indulge in any of the pomp that accompanies men intent on extravagantly splashing their power.
By these two contrasting processions, God was teaching humanity a great lesson in humility: we are as powerful as we are humble.
In the Kingdom of God, the virtues that many may pass off as weaknesses, for example humility, compassion and restraint are in fact the truest demonstration of strength.
FURTHER STUDY: James 4:6, Psalm 51:17
GOLDEN NUGGET: In the kingdom of God, we are as powerful as we are humble.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. The Bible says that You resist the proud but exalt the humble. It says that a broken and contrite heart You will not reject. I choose to humble myself before You and to be the servant of all because that is the pattern You set for me, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Apostle Grace Lubega
Exodus 3:2-4 (KJV); And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
A true seeker of God understands the importance of having a divine sense of curiosity. This curiosity is the willingness to explore spiritual truths and to understand how the realm of God works.
When Moses saw the burning bush, the Bible says that he TURNED ASIDE TO SEE. When God saw that he had turned aside to see, he called out to him. I would like to think that if Moses had simply brushed off the phenomenon of a burning bush that is unconsumed and went on his merry way, he would have missed out on a fundamental milestone in his life. It is his curiosity that prompted God to call to him.
Divine curiosity is the reason why we take time to ponder and meditate on our spiritual experiences. You must understand that it is one thing to have a vision, it is another to receive all the instructions that you must get out of that vision.
Peter’s experience is quite instructive in this regard. In Acts 10:19, the Bible says that while Peter pondered on the vision that he had received, the Spirit of God spoke to him. If Peter was not curious, he simply would have dismissed the vision and continued with his day.
It is possible to have a spiritual experience and not benefit from it even though that experience was meant to transform your life. Never treat the experiences of the Spirit lightly. This is regardless of how simple it may appear to you: think about it, ask the right questions regarding it and seek to understand what God is telling you about it.
FURTHER STUDY: Acts 10:19, Luke 2:19
GOLDEN NUGGET: Divine curiosity is the reason why we take time to ponder and meditate on our spiritual experiences. You must understand that it is one thing to have a vision, it is another to receive all the instructions that you must get out of that vision.
PRAYER: My Father, I thank You for this truth. I thank You for the experiences of the Spirit that You have made available for my sake. I receive not just the experience but the instructions in the experience and the revelation of Your purposes in the same, in Jesus’ name, Amen.