This morning I got a buzz from a colleague (Busayo Akanro) showing me the scripture where it talks about the word of God for the 24th day of the ninth month (Sept 24). The word actually read that from today onward, irrespective of where I was coming from, the lord will bless me. I thought I should share the same word with you. Do read it.
I read it to another colleague who was shocked that there was word for today in the bible, and how it so much applied to his life. Do you want to know if it applies to your life? I now took the liberty to go ahead and read what led to the particular verse, and I made a remarkable discovery. Maybe you should read it here.
10On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying,
11 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Ask now the priests to decide this question of law:
12 If one carries in the skirt of his garment flesh that is holy [because it has been offered in sacrifice to God], and with his skirt or the flaps of his garment he touches bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any kind of food, does what he touches become holy [dedicated to God’s service exclusively]? And the priests answered, No! [Holiness is not infectious.]
13 Then said Haggai, If one who is [ceremonially] unclean because he has come in contact with a dead body should touch any of these articles of food, shall it be [ceremonially] unclean? And the priests answered, It shall be unclean. [Unholiness is infectious.]
14 Then answered Haggai, So is this people and so is this nation before Me, says the Lord; and so is every work of their hands, and what they offer there [on the altar] is unclean [because they who offer it are themselves unclean].
15 And now, I pray you, consider what will happen from this day onward. Since the time before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the Lord, how have you fared?
16 Through all that time [the harvests have not fulfilled expectations, for] when one has gone expecting to find a heap [of sheaves] of twenty measures, there were but ten; when he has gone to the wine vat to draw out fifty bucketfuls from the press, there were only twenty.
17 I smote you with blight and with mildew and with hail in all [the products of] the labors of your hands; yet you returned not nor were converted to Me, says the Lord.
18 Consider, I pray you, from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the Lord’s temple was [re]laid, consider this:
19 Is the harvested grain any longer in the barn? As to the grapevine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree–they have not yet borne. From this day on I will bless you.
The Key word that stood out for me here, apart from the latter blessing, is the fact that holiness is not contagious while unholiness is contagious. In fact God went ahead and declared that from this day, that if you engage in unclean things, then everything you touch will be unclean, but if you are clean and engage in unclean things, you will be unclean. God asked a question on the 24th day of the 9th month – How have you fared? Are you clean or unclean? What are you still engaging in? How does God classify you? If you are unclean, doing clean things does not help, if you are clean, doing unclean things doesn’t make your being clean count.
Are you clean? God still desires that his people are holy, he wants to bless us, beyond what the eyes of man has ever seen, beyond what has ever been witnessed. Are you giving him the chance to do that through you?