So what does it mean to refrain something? It means to hold back, desist, withhold.
Have you ever seen a policeman trying to refrain an unlawful person? Well that is what refrain looks like. It is a deliberate action. You cannot be passive in refraining something.
What does a natural sword do? Its cuts, it is used for offence and defense.
Now let’s look at some scriptures;
Hebrews 4; 12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Have you ever been in an environment where the gift of prophecy has been in operation?
Most times the prophetic word is directed to one person or a group of people. While that is so, we can we all learn from prophetic words and we call all be comforted. It is comforting that the Lord sees everything that is going on especially when you hear about a specific situation that a person is going through. Most times you will hear the minister say “Please receive it, if it fits you”.
After experiencing all the goodness and great miracles of deliverance many of the children of Israel were overthrown in the wilderness.
Let’s have a look at scripture:
Many times we get ourselves into trouble because we focus on people instead on focusing on the Lord.
Yes we must honour our leaders, esteem them highly for the work they do, but we are not to glory in them, or exalt them beyond measure.
Let’s have a look at some scriptures:
From the archives
Most of us have been to a bank before to withdraw money or pay in money. In the UK some banks have a notice up that says 'Beware of distraction thieves'.
What then is a distraction thief?
Character is the way a person conducts themselves, a persons qualities which others see.
Does character matter? Yes.
Let’s have a look at this scripture:
Why do many societies have problems with some youths? Note the word “some” because this does not apply to all youths.
It’s mainly because youths are inexperienced in life, yet they want to live as adults. They have a tendency to make irrational decisions due to immaturity. Many adults have looked back at their lives and said “I wish l did not do that when l was younger”.
When we look at scripture, we can see examples of youths that lived for the Lord and brought honour to His name. This tells us that being a youth, is no excuse to do otherwise.
Does the Lord speak to us through His creation? Yes He does, all you need to do is look at the scriptures.
There are so many illustrations with various parts of creation. Let’s now look at the grass.
The phrase “sound doctrine” is mentioned a few times in scripture. So what is “sound doctrine”?
For something to be sound, it has to be whole. In other words a healthy doctrine, wholesome.
We don’t need to look far to see that sound doctrine is being contested in our days. This is not a surprise as we can see in scripture.
Heavens agenda in any situation is several steps up higher than what we are thinking. Kevin Zadai.