THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Alive & Vibrant


Alive & Vibrant

Today I was part of an event that challenged my thinking is so many ways. It was a candid conversation between the East Africa Community Secretary General Amb. Richard Sezibera and East Africans facilitated by AlyKhan Satchu. This is a monthly event called Mindspeak that opens the floor to talk about economics, business and life as we know it.

The key point of interest for me was the fact that the future of our homes and lives as a people is very closely tied to our ability to connect to our purpose and live it out. In the discussion about the East Africa Community was to allow us to interrogate the value and the future of the federation as well as the importance of the same. Amb. Sezibera talked a lot about the good going on in the region and the good reasons for integration and federation. Yet in the same vein he challenged each of us stand up and take charge of our part in this growth. He took time to help us see that there are opportunities, challenges, strengths and weaknesses. The future of the continent and the region lies on the capacity of the young people to take a stand and begin to live out their lives for the good of the continent. Amb. Sezibera said a few very interesting things:

  1. The young people are the future of this continent
  2. The young people have energy and intellect and just need to add desire to it
  3. There are immense opportunities to make a difference and a living one just has to be willing to look and live outside the norm
  4. There has to be immense innovation and creative thinking employed

When I think about these elements I look back to the way we live our faith lives. These elements also apply to how we live and connect to our divine purpose…let me explain.

  1. We will not be here forever so indeed the young people in every generation are the future of the nation and its divine destiny.
  2. The young people are energetic and active and what we need to do is teach them to ask the right questions and seek the right things. This raises a deeper question which is whether the adults even know the right questions to ask let alone teach the young people how to ask these questions.
  3. There are great opportunities to deepen our relationship with God. We must realise that to deepen our relationship with God and truly connect with divine purpose requires that we take time out of our ‘busy’ schedules and have quiet focused moments with Him.

That said, a slew of questions begins to ring in my head that I must deal with:

  • Am I doing as much as I can to connect to God?
  • Am I committed to sharing what I am learning with others?
  • Am I staying alive and vibrant?

I pray that by the grace of God and a deep connection to Him I will remain alive and vibrant like the Loquats in the picture. The colours of the loquats really speak to me  because

  • Green denotes Praise; Growth; New beginnings; Eternal life; Prosperity; Vigor; Freshness; Resting in God; Knowledge; Fresh oil.
  • Yellow denotes Joy; Sunshine/Sonshine; Spiritual Enlightenment.

These two colours speak about things that will bring change and value and renewal all around me and these are the very things that I  have set out in my heart to pursue and connect to daily to remain alive and vibrant.

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Translation Changes Meaning


The Priestly Blessing from an Ancient Hebrew perspective.

Numbers 6:24-26

Hebrew

English

YHWH will kneel before you presenting gifts and will guard you with a hedge of protection,

YHWH will cause his wholeness of being to shine toward you bringing order and he will provide you with love, sustenance and friendship,

YHWH will lift up his wholeness of being and look upon you and he will set in place all you need to be whole and complete.24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;

25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’

 

As I meditated on the Hebrew version I realised that there is so much more in it than I had ever seen or understood in many years of reading the English version. So here are some of the things I have come to see and understand

Verse 24

  • YHWH – I AM: the Most High God; Creator of Heaven and Earth; King of all Creation
  • will kneel before you presenting giftsHe will come to my level and commune with me and share the bounty of His store house i.e. bless you
  • will guard you with a hedge of protection, – He will ensure that I am safe and sound according to His plan and purpose for me and not according to my limited view of vision

Verse 25

  • YHWH – I AM: the Most High God; Creator of Heaven and Earth; King of all Creation
  • Will cause his wholeness of being – All of Him will be evident to me and he will move all of Himself for my good – I deserve to see His face; I am worthy of His presence; He will move all of Himself for m20140103-003835.jpgy sake and restoration
  • To shine toward you bringing order – He will provide light and illumination that will change where I am…He knows where I am, the state I am in, the exact location I am seated and he seeks to reach me right there as I am…To Put things back as He created them to be and not as the world is dictating
  • He will provide you with love, sustenance and friendship – the best way to sum it up is that He will encamp around me and provide the protection I need and the grace to walk in His ways – He will feed my soul forever

Verse 26

  • YHWH – I AM: the Most High God; Creator of Heaven and Earth; King of all Creation
  • Will lift up his wholeness of being and look upon you – His presence will be with me and surround me and hold me close to Him
  • He will set in place all you need to be whole and completeHe will replace or provide what is needed in order to make me whole and complete…back to His factory settings

The one thing I realised afresh though is that all these things will happen in His time and way and not mine…I cannot dictate how He works and when He works but I can anticipate that it is for my good and for His glory.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Strength for Small Crevices


Strength for Small Crevices

This picture was sent to me a couple of weeks ago by my sister and it astounded me.

The thing that catches my attention again and again is the fact that the body is in an upright position but the head of the eagle is still in the proper straight ahead position. How cool is that?

I am reminded that even when the hard times hit and we are forced to fly through crevices there is need to keep our eyes fixed on the Father. Remember that when Peter was walking on the water towards Jesus…he was fine until he looked away from Christ

Let’s look at Matthew 14:27-30
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

The challenge was when he looked away…his focus changed and he lost the connection with God and hence the laws of nature took over. The challenges made it impossible for him to continue walking in the power and anointing of God because he had disconnected.

What is causing you to disconnect in this season.
What are you looking at that is hindering your view of God?
Do you even know your view of God is hindered?

Let’s be like the eagle in this picture…regardless of what it has to do…its head remains level, facing forward, keeping the target in sight…clear line of sight and perfect vision is what we desire that we may never lose sight of Papa.

(Image courtesy of Pintrest.com via Waarda Mohamed)

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

I am overwhelmed with gratitude and understanding that I am the beloved of God and I am called to walk in my divine appointment and be able to trust God for all that I need to be, do and become.  The only way I can express this is to share the song below by William McDowell…be blessed

I BELONG TO YOU:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LL5fU8lsGE
I’ve been captured by a love I can’t explain
And now you have me and I’m forever changed
I’ve abandoned everything I’ve ever known
Now I surrender my life is not my own
I belong to you I belong to you
I belong to you I belong to you
I’ve been captured by a love I can’t explain
And now you have me and I’m forever changed

I’ve abandoned everything I’ve ever known

Now I surrender my life is not my own
I belong to you I belong to you
I belong to you I belong to you
My life is not my own to you I belong
I give myself I give myself to you
My life is not my own to you I belong
I give myself I give myself to you

My life is not my own to you I belong
I give myself I give myself to you