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THE MINSTREL
by Bolaji Olusola Timothy
11/04/05
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We struggled and rack our beloved brains to fathom the code that unlock the case, with all our committed anticipation, this won’t just give any solution, yet we need to use some materials there for the important endeavour. Then we called the supervisor in charge and he gave the simple code “111’ you can imagine and we had troubled ourselves quite much.

In life, some doors are automatically locked just immediately as they are accessed. Subsequent access will require the possession of right keys to unlock them. It will require those who know the secret codes to unlock the wonders and treasures in life, even in the midst of great storm.

That was the situation of the army in 2 kings 3: 8 and Jesus with the disciples when in the wilderness and the sea. They were confronted with the threats of scarcity, thirst and storm. The king of Israel, Judah and Edom came together to bring in subjection the rebellious Moab. They had made seven days journey with every anticipated efforts to secure a place to get water. Then one of the kings jehoshaphat asked, “is there not here a prophet of the Lord, that we may enquire of the Lord by him” that their thirst may be satisfied.

In life, there are situations that always out weigh the weight of human intelligence and experience and such will require an assistance of someone, some where, with some wonderful insight or clue to the solution. That is why they all sought for Elisa as recommended because the word of the Lord was with him.

to recognize the right place to go is just as necessary as the solution. To go to the right person is just as important as the solution. The duration of adversities are dependent on the places and person’s we seek for assistance .
  • Solution lingers, frustration accumulates and confusion‘s cloud increases when wrong hands are employed with task and wrong places are patronized with our problems and difficulties.
    After several trials of the disciples on the sea, they sought for Christ who they had left in the ship. One pathetic thing about this is that we often combat our problems with our human efforts and experiences before we often consider Christ and this waste lots of our time and resources just like the allied army, before Jehoshaphat asked, “is there not prophet”

    The wrong sought of wrong person for assistance and going to wrong places for assistance will increase frustration.

    Eventually, they came to Elisa and he requested for A“ minstrel “ but now bring me a minstrel and it came to pass when the minstrel played that the hand of the Lord came upon him when the minstrel and the moment.

    There are some basic things we must understand, they must be acquired a skill in any situation: strife to get the Lord committed by His word in your situation. If you have succeeded in this, friend, you are through with that problem; it does not matter what the intensity or gravity of the problem; strife to get the Lord committed to by words to solving your problems.

  • Also, we need to understand that the Lord can be merciful, His throne and power can be activated and ignited with a holy flame, you can get God hovering your situation if you had learned some skills of bringing the wonderful hands of God down to the clouds that threat to swallow you. Just as you can be impressed and committed when you are happy likewise is God

    Getting the Lord committed by word to our situations is a process and it starts with us:
  • Awake the spirit
    We must learn principally how to awake our spirit first, if we must bring God into our situations of whatever gravity. We need to awake our spirit first. That was what David did when as a leader he lost all that belongs to him and his followers. Not many of them really want to have any thing to do with him. But the Bible recorded that “he encourage himself in the Lord” in other words, he awaked his dying spirit. An awaken spirit is ready for inspiration. If you awake your spirit, you will awake your abilities, and gifts and that is what brother Paul spoke about, stir up the gift in you 2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

  • be in tune with the Holy Spirit

    If this is accomplished then we are set to receive from the Lord. It is very difficult to receive miracle from the Lord, if your spirit is not in tune with the Lord’s spirit and that was what Elisa did. He called a traveling musician who played songs and the spirit of God came upon him.
    Until the spirit of God can come into our spirit, until He can find a place to have contact with human spirit, the message of God cannot be effectively communicated to and understood by man.

    God’s presence can be brought in man’s life through various means. God is never far from men and women who are faithful to him neither will He neglect the effort of righteousness, but it is highly necessary that either faithful or righteous we learn to employ these two important tools of prayers and praises. Just like the electric charged body, our souls can be charged by the presence of God’s words, prayers and praises and by this; we have prepared the ground for His inspiration.

    Many of us do not know how to enter into the presence of God in other wise, we do not have the courtesy to enter and make request that can neither be ignored nor denied. Imagine, if you need some things from your boss or president of your country; you cannot just enter into the office, house and stand requesting? In some cases, you will book appointment and give complimentary cards to create notice and credible reason why they should give you attention and audience. some other time, we can go through someone we feel can approache and can hasten the favour, we seek from this prestigious men in this world.

    But imagine, if you are rude, you cannot get what you want from these people, that is why rude and arrogant people inspite of their gifts do not get to greater height, they are always far below their capability in life. In some cases, you’ll bring forward to this people past assistance with thanks to show you appreciate their kind efforts. If you do this to men on earth, God deserve better.

    By some rude attitude we put on the house of prayers and in the name of faith, we have rather reduced the level of attention we can get from heaven. If we do not know how to play the minstrel to activate our spirit, get us tuned with Holy Spirit as we enter into prayer, we are sure going to leave these potential transforming arenas where changes are potentially possibly with more frustration than we came.

    I have noticed that right attitude in God presence with inspirational worship has put God on top of His promises platform and has shower blessedness upon souls of men. Even the sinners are not left out in the benevolence of His mercy. There is difference between emotional praise worship and inspirational praise worship. With inspirational praise worship prayer request are revealed and inspirational ideas often crowd such arena, preacher’s message and officiating minister.
    It is a good thing to give thanks Psalms 92:1 . The bibles says the Lord inhabit the praises of his people Psalms 22:3. How does it look like when Hezekiah, the king and princes gathered the Levite to sing praises, they were charging the heavenly host, they were activating the God of the heaven who feeds and inhabit mainly on the praises of the beloved
    2 Chronicles 29:30.

    Charging the heavens with your praises is a great tool to let God pay visit to your request; because The Lord inhabit the praises of his people

    And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah; I would not look toward thee, nor see thee. But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him. And he said, thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. 2 king 3:14-17.

    Why do our problems linger still sometimes? It is simply because we have not rub our minds with that of God till his words for that situation has been transferred into ours. Do not strife for any other thing as you pray or praise the Lord, strife until you have succeeded in getting God committed to his words for that situation. Until you do that, please, your problems will prove stubborn still. But when God gives His words, it is an already concluded issue. This word or words will take priorities in the palace even among authorities, because God has given his word and where the word of the king is, there is power. Strife as you pray and praise the Lord to get him committed by His word. There is different between inspirational and emotional worship. The inspirational worship will get God speak some words about and to you and through out eternity, they must be fulfilled, emotional praises is just exercise of flair!
    That is what prophet Elisha did, he brought his spirit in tune with that of God’s spirit, and the messages flowed.



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