THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

No More Waiting


The article below was shared by a dear friend on July 24th 2014 and I felt the need to pass it on

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To Know You by Casting Crowns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4xp6ygQoAo

To know you is never worry for my life, and
To know you is to never to give in or compromise
To know you is to want to tell the world about you
Cause I can’t live without you

To know you is to hear your voice when you are calling
To know you is to catch my brother when he is falling
To know you is to feel the pain of the broken hearted
Cause they can’t live without you.

More than my next breath
More than life or death
All reaching for, I live my life to know you more
I leave it all behind, you are all that satisfies
To know you is to want to know you more
To know you is to want to know you more

To know you is to ache for more than ordinary
To know you is to look beyond the temporary
To know you is believing that you will be enough
Cause there is no life without you

More than my next breath
More than life or death
All reaching for, I live my life to know you more
I leave it all behind, you are all that satisfies
To know you is to want to know you more
To know you is to want to know you more

All this life could offer me, could not compare to you
Compare to you
And I count it all as lost, compared to knowing you
Knowing you

More than my next breath
More than life or death
All reaching for, I live my life to know you more
I leave it all behind, you are all that satisfies
To know you is to want to know you more
To know you is to want to know you more

Compared to you
Compared to you
And I count it all as lost, compared to knowing you
Knowing you
And I count it all as lost, compared to knowing you
Knowing you

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Yesterday (July 23rd 2014), God asked me to post the words of the above song “Thrive,” and I honestly longed to do it all day only that I was busy all day with work, school and whatever else, so I didn’t do it when He asked that I should. This morning, I was arrested on my way to work for not fastening my seatbelt. Rather friendly police officers I must say; they simply stopped the matatu (14-seater public transport vehicles), went round to ascertain enough guys weren’t buckled-up, then instructed the driver to head to the police station. Long story short, we were put in a holding room, and they started processing us to go to court.

While in waiting, God reminded me of ‘The Instruction’ from the previous day, and strangely so, I had all the time to do it NOW. I mean, I wasn’t going anywhere, I was “grounded”! So while conversation went on in the room about the “weird” position everyone was in, I took out my headphones, turned on THE SONG and got to typing! Shortly, some names were called out, and they were taken straight to court! Now, what you don’t know is  that, a couple of guys were left in the room, and they were either conversing with Police officers in low tones, or some friend had come to sort them out. That is, all except myself and the guy on my right and left! Both just sat there, probably wondering what’s wrong with me!!

After a while, a lady officer came and called us to another office. By now it was only me and the guy on my right and left, the rest had been “sorted”! We walked into the office that had other lady officers. They simply asked for our names and told us to wait outside and we did! 5 or so minutes later, the lady officer who said we wait outside, came out, looked at us shocked that we were still around and simply asked “Si Mwende Nyumbani!!” (Just go home)…as though our presence there was a nuisance. So we simply turned and walked away.

As I walked out of that GATE, I was glad it was over, A Miracle had happened indeed not just for me, but also for the other guys. It struck me that it was so sad at the lengths God had to go to get me to do a simple act of prompt obedience!! In my heart of hearts I knew I was going to do it, but it would be “when I found time.” How sad…???!!! You see, I finally did what He said, rather late, and after arm twisting me. So I came out unscratched, but I know if it continued that way, it won’t always be so!
Dear Family,

I know we have HEARD this over and over again…”What I/We Hear, I/We Must Obey Promptly.” However, many a times, we slumber, or wait for a convenient time, or whatever else our excuses are. Today, right now, The Spirit of The Lord is Saying, “Leave All Else, And Follow My Leading and Instructions.” We can’t afford to delay anymore; at least I know I mustn’t. The big question is, what will you do about it?

I love and miss you all big!

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I have nothing else to add to this one.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

The Beauty of Creation


This week I discovered a great Facebook page for Sociedad Argentina de Horticultura…here is some of the beauty…https://es-es.facebook.com/SociedadArgentinaDeHorticultura

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Two colours on one flower…we all have two sides. These don’t contradict, rather they enhance each other.

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There are different kinds of storms but the source is one. Different tornado widths yet one source. Different cloud colours yet one source. We are from different backgrounds yet one Father, Lord over all.

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Lightning is unpredictable at best, evasive at worst and then someone gets this shot…how? Look at the clouds, there are different colours, thicknesses, distance from the ground and purpose. What about you? It’s about being in the right place, at the right time, with the right people, state of mind and attitude. Are you properly positioned?

Find your place and position and operate in the fullness thereof. You were created on purpose. Psalms 139

THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

#Vision – Can you really see?


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The story of David and Goliath received came alive for me today and I felt I needed to share the insights.

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1 Samuel 17 New International Version – David and Goliath

1Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah… Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them. A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span.[a] He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels[b]on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels.[c] His shield bearer went ahead of him

16 For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.

We know that Goliath taunted the Israelites and they cowered every day for 40 days. David came to camp and heard the taunts and wondered aloud if there were no people who actually believed in God as able. His brothers hear of him and they were upset here was there…accusing him of wanting undue attention. He is overheard by the soldiers and eventually was brought before Saul.

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”

38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

In the midst of all this David did not lose sight of his connection to God and his unique walk with Him. In those days the prophets were the voice of God yet here was a young man who had a different outlook.

“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

Then there is final confrontation with Goliath and the subsequent defeat of the same.

41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”

45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.

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Let me get a bit technical here. Goliath was a giant so let me say a little bit about giants.

According to Health Grades (http://www.healthgrades.com/), gigantism is a very rare condition that occurs during childhood, due to extreme bone, muscle and organ growth. Gigantism is caused by an overproduction of growth hormone that occurs before a child’s bone growth plates have closed. This results in excessive growth and abnormally tall height. People with gigantism generally have very large hands, fingers, toes and heads. They also have changes in related characteristics, including coarse skin, excessive sweat production, and a very deep voice. They may have enlarged internal organs, such as the heart, kidneys, brain and tongue. This can cause complications, including high blood pressure, severe headaches, sleep apnea, diabetes, diminished vision, and heart failure.

The overproduction of growth hormone that causes gigantism is most often the result of benign pituitary tumours that press on the pituitary gland, causing it to produce too much growth hormone. In most cases, pituitary gigantism occurs in isolation.

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That said, remember that Goliath was a giant and so some of these symptoms would apply to him. Did you ever wonder why he had a shield bearer? Of course we have always been taught it was to carry the shield but could it be that he needed someone to guide him? Could it be that his vision was blurry so the shape of the shield was the key to the direction to go? To add to that, why did he ask David; “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?”  Was David carrying a stick? Scripture tells us he had a sling shot and picked stones by the river, so where did the stick come from? Read on and you will see that there is no mention of the stick in scripture. David was a shepherd and he probably carried a staff when he was with his animals but it is unlikely to be in the battlefield.

Hahahaha…I see your understanding of the bible is coming alive like mine did recently.

I would suggest that Goliath had a shield bearer as someone who led him around because of he had very bad eyesight. Something else made me wonder, how come he just stood there when David slung the stone? There could be many ideas. He either thought the boy had no aim or he believed he was invincible. I dare say that got hit with the stone because he didn’t it coming until it was too late. Of course it was the appointed way for him to die.

In this I realised afresh that God in His wisdom worked it out such that ALL the glory could come to Him. It was a moment of #Grace. David had all he needed to defeat the enemies of God as long as he remembered to give Him credit. David affirmed his faith in God as the same God who saved him from the lion and bear. God would therefore save him and Israel from the hand of the Philistines.

So I have questions I am asking:

  1. Do we see the giant more because we have taken our eyes off the greatness of God?
  2. Do we know that the giant has personal defects that make it susceptible to destruction with God’s guidance?
  3. Are we trying to go about life dressed in the wrong outfits’ i.e. heavy, ill-fitting armour instead of light stone and sling?
  4. Are we connected to faith like David who said, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” Does faith ooze out of us and astound those around us like David’s faith astounded the soldiers?

It is time to move from how we have always seen things. We must move doubt to faith, grace and glory. Not for ourselves but for the honour and glory of God Himself. We are ordained for this so we rise every day to walk in it.

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THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

#Grace Changed My Life


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Over the weekend, a dear friend and I got to spend time with a servant of God called Ps. Eric. He is a young man who God speaks to in the same language as He does with my Daddy and it was amazing to hear him and understand the depths of what he was talking about. He clarified things that I was trying to wrap my mind around even without knowing I was asking for clarification. Over the course of this month I will share some of the lessons I have learnt upon reflection on our conversation.

The foundation of our faith is Grace…we are saved by grace through faith and not by works lest anyone should boast. Before you say you know that read on and see if the perspective is clearer than before. The reality of save by grace means that there is nothing I can do to make God save me. He loved me enough to let His son die on the cross to redeem me and if I was the only one left on earth He would still die for me. My actions or lack of the same will not take back the salvation that is availed to me by GRACE.

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What struck me even more was that most of I have lived seemingly unaware of the realities of grace and the access that grace gives to me. In some ways I hadn’t realised that I have been given access to the keys to heaven and the realities of the life in Christ. However, to really access this life, I need to connect to the depth of this grace and begin to live it out to the fullest of my life. It also means that I must live a life based on my belief in God and also affirms the word of God as true and things happen because of my faith. James 2:23, Romans 4:3 and Galatians 3:6 all say that “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” He believed and it was confirmed as righteousness. When I think of the word believe I think of Hebrews 11:1, Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seem. Once the things I am looking at become seen then they are no longer based on faith but on human knowledge. To keep solid I must get deeper and deeper in relationship with God.

I think of Abraham with the promise of God in Genesis 17:4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations.” How could this be true when he was past prime and so was his wife? It could be because the Lord of Hosts had spoken the word and His word doesn’t return to Him void (Is 55:11). So the child of promise came and he grew up and changed their lives for the better. However after a few years, God made a ‘strange’ request in Genesis 22:2. ‘Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” And Abraham did as instructed as we see later in the chapter Gen 22:9-12, When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”“Here I am,” he replied.12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” What would you expect from such a yielded life?

Abraham, The Called Out One, lived in a different way that only a person who understands the truth and depth of God could. He lived in full belief that whatever God said would come true and would be for his benefit. He also lived in constant and consistent open conversation with God. He lived in swift obedience in spite of and despite any questions he had about life. This belief led him to affirm the word of God that set him apart to be close to God and a full expression of the master and sovereignty of God. He lived out the plan of God and set the stage for great things to happen.

One of the greatest things that happened out of this was the change of his life and destiny from a simple earthly man to the ‘Father of Nations.’ Can you imagine the shift? He fully embraced the promise given to him when he was called out of Ur of the Chaldeans into this walk with God…Gen 12:

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you;I will make your name great,    and you will be a blessing.[a]I will bless those who bless you,    and whoever curses you I will curse;and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”So Abram went, as the Lord had told him;

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Can you imagine what it was to live his life and be constantly on the move? He moved from a house with solid walls to a tent that had not fixed boundaries. He moved from a place of sure provision to a place of wondering and gathering. Yet he chose to do this and keep to it to the end of his days. He spoke about the goodness of God with confidence and aligned to the word of God over the thoughts and doubts of man. He chose to live in obedience because he understood his place and role in the scheme of things. He had low moments and scared and uncertain moments but he always came back to the certain choice to believe in the word of God as the only way to live. His faith in God was evident in all aspects of his life and he was credited as righteous.

So, what did I learn from this:

  1. God remains the same no matter what, when, where, how and why:

19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19 KJV

  1. I receive when I believe, align and affirm what I believe.

I can no longer speak in the terms of I want, I hope, I desire, and move to the terms of I am, I have, I see, I know. I must be certain and sure that I know for sure that I am the beloved of God and He will do the best for me. I must learn to speak His word over my life and believe that it will become a reality. This means I will then live in the fullness and fulfilment of the purpose that I was created and put on this earth.

  1. Impossible is a thing of the past and I am limited by my understanding of God

My perception of God determines my response and approach to life. If truly all things are possible with Christ then it means that impossible is a thing of the past and I must move into the realm of possibilities. All things are possible to them that believe and I do believe so everything that was in the realm of impossible is now possible.

Whatever lies ahead in life, I have decided to make this walk in a manner that is greatly aligned to the goodness of the depth of relationship with Him. From this day on I live a life that is fresh every day with grace, peace and love. It is the life that was set up for me upon my creation and I must fully live it out. It is this purpose that drives everything I do and everything I say. I believe everything that God has said about me and it will come to pass in my life.

Shalom.