THE CHRISTIAN WALK

On the mountain


On the mountain

So was in beautiful Sondu last weekend. We travelled from the lowlands of the Kano plains to the top of the Nyabondo Plateau in Sondu South Nyanza. The view was breathtaking and the people gracious as ever. To get to the homestead, we walked down the other side of the plateau along the path in this picture. It was wet, rocky, steep , treacherous in some places and scary to say the least, but we had to make it to the bottom. We were on assignment and nothing would stand in the way of our assignment. We were determined to reach the goal set before us.

On the way down the pressure was on our knees and at the bottom we felt like out legs would give out under us. On the way back up, the pressure was in the muscles on the back of our thighs. We even stopped halfway up to catch our breath, rest our muscles, enjoy the view and take pictures.

Once on top we cleaned our shoes and boots, washed our hands, sat and had tea and snacks. We were recharged and ready for the next phase of the journey that was the trip back to Nairobi that would take the whole night.

As I looked at this picture again I realised that the mountain top experience is amazing, exhilarating, breathtaking and full of relief joy and rest but remember there was a hard climb to get up there and there is a hard climb awaiting us on the way down. The exhilaration is the reward of the long arduous climb.

The parallel I could see was the move from one dispensation to another. When we are moving to a new dispensation and are walking in a new understanding of our destiny there will definitely be mountain top experiences. However, there will have been a steep climb to get there.

May the mountain top experience and the expectation of another experience in the near future be the energy we need to keep walking.

There are many parallels to this walk in my life right now and in the past and there will be more in the future. I pray that I will always remember the experience at the top and hold on to Papa’s hand because even as I walk up or down the mountain or as I enjoy the vista at the top….He will never leave my side and I am certain He is true and He will always be beside me.

Keep walking.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Frustrated with God by Kinya Kaunjuga


The post below is copied verbatim from a dear friend of mine…Ms. Kinya Kaunjuga.

It is so profound how she writes…I was moved by this peace and I hope you will be too.

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In times of lack and need, I get really frustrated and angry at God.

I begin to reason with Him and today was no exception. My side of the conversation includes me saying things like, “LORD, surely, I can’t keep asking for help…begging…Lord, in Your Word, You promised that I am a lender not a borrower (For the LORD your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you. If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. Deuteronomy 15:6) and also King David testified of You that he “…was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” Psalm 37:25

I mean LORD, seriously? What am I missing? Why am I here again?” I am trying not to “handle” this situation on my “own” with my “own” strength, plotting something that is not in obedience with Your good, perfect and acceptable will. Oh dear God, do not let my anger/frustration/impatience/lack of faith lead me to sin. If provision is not from you…I can’t have it…I want what You have for me. Provide LORD, it’s Your nature. Show yourself strong on my behalf. Prepare a table in front of my enemies (enemy of fear, anger, and doubt) that you may be glorified.

Then I think, like Job after he questioned the LORD about his demise, in his frailty, God responded in Job 38 & 39 and revealed His omnipotence! He revealed His power and majesty by telling us things like, “Were you there when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, who determined its measurements?” “Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place?” “Have you entered the treasury of snow, or have you seen the treasury of hail, which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?” “Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?” “Can you guide the great bear with its cubs?” “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that an abundance of water may cover you…?” “Who provides food for the raven, when its young ones cry to God and wander about for lack of food?” “Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, and spread its wings toward the south? Does the eagle mount up at your command, and make its nest on high?” and it goes on and on…and you are left in awe of God. He handles and watches over everything, at every moment, everywhere.

And I repent and say, “Forgive me LORD. For surely, I have doubted your power and, my flesh is weak and frail. You are Sovereign; You are God and a good, wise, powerful God who knows everything I need and want. I will wait and even if I can’t understand and worry, I will still praise You!

See, I don’t want to miss the lesson here. I must glean something from being hard-pressed…so what? Trusting in God is not for wimps, clearly. You know it’s actually okay when you know your desert experience is not because of sin. It’s like confidently you can say, “I know you got this LORD.”

What if God cares so much about us that He says, “This one I have to take by force. I have to remove every THING from her so she only sees one path. Then I can clear that path and make a way for her to walk on it. And she’ll have weathered so much that she won’t feel the thorns pricking her feet, the bushes scratching her arms, or see and hear the snake hissing at her ear. She will steadfastly walk picking up the wounded, embracing the rejected, feeding the hungry, housing the orphan, kicking the enemy’s butt and thwarting his agenda. I need her, a weathered, fearless soldier.”

I met a soldier once; it was during college and after a long day of classes and study group. He offered to walk me home to my apartment across campus because it was getting dark. As we started to walk, it begun to rain. We didn’t have umbrellas so he used his arm to shield me from the downpour. I laughed because it didn’t do much to keep me dry but, it was a kind gesture. I noticed he hadn’t put back his shoes which he had taken off during study group! I asked in shock “Aren’t you going to get sick? It’s raining and you’re barefoot!”

He answered, “Kiki, I was a trained soldier. I took off my shoes because honestly, they are uncomfortable. In the army we, the black South African soldiers were trained to weather all storms. We were trained to fight in the rain, in the heat and all barefoot. This meant the army could use us where the white soldiers could not go. We did not feel thorns; we could walk miles barefoot carrying heavy artillery, wearing our combat gear and armor and sneak up on any enemy without them hearing us.”

Stunned, I thought, Oh My God…You require weathered soldiers.

So two lessons for today…
#GodWillProvide,it’sHisNature.
#Hard-pressed?GodRequiresWeatheredSoldiers.

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LESSON: God has a plan even when it is not clear….He has a plan.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Paradoxes


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Looking at this photo I am reminded that life is full of paradoxes. The picture has the dark clouds with sunlight in the foreground. It is in this that triggers my thoughts.

Nothing really is as it seems. It is never as bad as it looks…walk with your head held high and your shoulders back because you know that God is in control.

Remember…Psalms 24:

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god.[a]

They will receive blessing from the Lord
and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, God of Jacob.[b][c]

Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord Almighty—
he is the King of glory.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Every Good and Perfect Gift


I read this today and the thoughts that accompanied it were simple and profound.

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (NIV)

Every good and perfect thing is all the simple stuff we take for granted

  • Fresh air
  • Water
  • Food
  • Life
  • Health
  • Love
  • Relationships
  • Salvation
  • Work
  • Cash
  • Blessings
  • Family
  • Employment
  • Business
  • Opportunity
  • Education
  • A home
  • Sight
  • Touch
  • Smell

The list is really endless and cannot be fully described and I challenge you to stop with me today and think of all the blessings you have received from God and say thank you and add them at the bottom of this list.

Life is rocket science because the wiring of creation was short circuited by sin. However, walking with God daily and step by step will undo the mess and make it a beautiful arrangement that will be put on display for all to see. I have indeed learnt that I don’t know it all and I will occasionally fall flat on my face as I walk but all the same I must get up, dust myself off and keep walking or else I will fall into the class of those who started but failed to finish. I am learning every day the meaning of walking in the Spirit and walking by faith and not by sight and in many ways it is rocket science and it is not rocket science.

This is the wonderful life we are called to with great impact and greater growth and challenge. I love this life and there are days I totally dislike it because of the lack of clarity but at the end of the day I have learnt to that God is control and letting him steer the ship will keep me from going aground….

Lovely days ahead as we walk in obedience and clarity

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Random thoughts


Exodus 15:11

Who among the gods is like you, LordWho is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?
 
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2 Chronicles 6:14

He said: “Lordthe God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.
 
Psalm 35:10

My whole being will exclaim, “Who is like you, Lord? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.”
 
Jeremiah 31:10

“Hear the word of the Lord, you nations; proclaim it in distant coast lands: ‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’
 
Jeremiah 51:19

He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things, including the people of his inheritance— the Lord Almighty is his name.
 
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Joshua 21:45

Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
 
Psalm 119:148

My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.
 
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THE CHRISTIAN WALK

You ONLY have two choices today!


This is a clear reminder for me that I have a definite choice about what happens in my life…I choose to live, I choose to work, I choose to be joyful, I choose to trust God, I choose to be fulfilled, I choose LIFE

SteveGMbuthia

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Here I am sitting in my office; planning for the next quarter for business and having to make some painful decisions about the way forward!  With all this on my mind, I feel overwhelmed about the choices I have to make and how they will affect my family; my business and me, personally.  Then I come across the article below about Michael and the underlying point in his story is that You ONLY have two choices each day.  His story has inspired me, I hope it does the same for you too….

Read this and let it really sink in…then choose how to start your day tomorrow…

Michael is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a
good mood and always has something positive to say. When
someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I
were any better, I would…

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THE CHRISTIAN WALK

And the have Heavens Opened


And the have Heavens Opened

So it is the rainy season and my oh my it has been a while since so much rain fell so close to the correct time.

I was reminded that nothing ever falls out of season So as my front yard fills up and I wonder how to get to the gate in the morning I still raise my voice in thanks to God for we are blessed to have rain that will provide just enough

Leviticus 26:4
I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.

Deuteronomy 11:14
then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil.

1 Kings 17:14
For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

Bottom line…this rain even with the destruction we have seen in some places is a blessing from the hand and throne of Jehovah Himself