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January 9, 2017

How to make Romans 8:28 an effective verse in your life.

The apostle Paul wrote in book of Romans 8:28:

' And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.'

(Good News Translation)

' And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.'

(New King James Version)

The above mentioned verse is often confessed and mentioned in the lips of believers but what does Romans 8:28 really mean? And how to really get Romans 8:28 to work for you?

In both versions the Bible clearly says that if we love God and if we are called to his purpose, then everything shall work for our good. 
If it is the case, then why certain things seem to work against us? Why some life torrents seem to decimate our lives?

Let's analyse the verse:

 'What does loving God' means?

Jesus once said: 'If you love me, you will obey my commandments' (John 14:15)
                         'If anyone loves me, he will obey my word...(John 14:23)

From the above verses quoted by Jesus, we can only conclude that someone who truly loves God, is a person who hears God's commands and obeys them. The person who obeys to everything God tells him/her to do, is someone who loves God.

Maybe somebody reading this post might think of me as a legalistic author, but I am not. On the contrary, I am totally Biblical. Here is the proof:

'Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
(Matthew 7:21)

The words above are mentioned by Jesus Himself and it clearly shows the greater importance placed on being a doer rather than a cheap talker.

Talk is easy. Anyone can go around and profess to love God.
'Doing the will of God' is the one thing proving that you love God. And if you obey Him then all things, and I mean all things, shall work for your good.

The Righteous is the one who is preoccupied by doing the will of God.

January 5, 2017

Righteousness tools: 'protection and deliverance.'

The best way to beat the devil, is to stay away from him.

We have often cultivated the misconception implying that we must always get into the ring against the devil when he invites us. I know that there will be cases where it could happen, but the better way to beat the enemy is through deliverance and protection.

Spiritually smart believers know that being constantly in 'punching fight with the enemy' could cause havoc and even time wasting.

There are few things we need to remember about the devil:

- He is been around for a long time.
- He was so powerful that Jesus had to die to eliminate his influence.
- He is called the 'Prince of this world' (John 14:30)
-If Satan has been tempting human since the garden of Eden, it also means that he has gathered a serious baggage of experience on human nature, therefore knowing what makes people tick into sin.

December 29, 2016

The box of Righteousness (New Year message)

The year as we know it, has reached the end of its course. And as we are often accustomed, the passage from December to January is also a temporary moment of 'excitement frenzy' where most people make wishlist's and resolutions.

Do you know that there is a system of doing things that belongs to the unbeliever, and there is also another system  called the system of 'Light' and which belongs to the children of Light?

Jesus once said at the end of one his parables in Luke 16:8
' ...The children of this world in this their generation are wiser than the children of light.”

(Aramaic Bible in plain English version)

' ...for the sons of this age are in their generation more prudent than the sons of light.'
(Jubilee Bible 2000 version)

'...for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.'
(King James 2000 version)

Interestingly Jesus contrasts the children of the world against the children of the Light. Notice that Jesus does not mention the word 'Lights' but he said :'Light', as a reminder that we are children of One Light (not many). 

December 20, 2016

A beautiful lessson from the life of Nelson Mandela

On December 5th of the year 2013, the world lost one of the greatest man that has existed on the planet:' Nelson Mandela'.

The South African statesman was aged 95 on the day he passed.  If you are a reader living in South Africa, then you probably know a lot about Mandela, but if you live out of South Africa, you might probably need to deepen your knowledge over his life through research stored on the internet.

There are countless books that are talking about Mandela and they all seem to repeat themselves. This post is not a repeat of what has been said about him. If I have to summarize his life in few lines, it would go like this:

-Nelson Mandela was a South African man born in 1918.
-He was very handsome,determined and extremely wise.
-He had an ideal for his country. He fought against racism, injustice and apartheid.
-He was married three times.
-He spent 27 years of his life in jail.
-He was the first President of the democratic South Africa during 5 years.
-He forgave those who jailed him.
-He won the Nobel Prize of Peace.
-He passed on at age 95.

November 29, 2016

Rise with me for a Godly Influence.(Invite me to speak)

We have reached a dangerous age where poverty and desperation are opening doors for political extremists and religious charlatans.

In the country where I live, some so-called pastors are currently allowing themselves to use cleaning chemicals such as insecticide or washing powders as tools of healing and blessing transmitters. Only desperate people in serious needs would allow themselves to follow such pastors.

What about politics?
We have now reached an age where poverty,unemployment, inequalities are giving birth to enraged people threatening to bring hope through chaos and exclusion.

I think one of the reasons why such times are growing is simply because the church of Jesus has taken a back step for a while. Church members are no longer interested in being grounded by the teachings of the Bible, but they rather focus on signs and miracles.
Do not get me wrong...I believe in signs and wonders done in the name of Jesus.
But Jesus also taught the word of God while doing miracles. If we extract the teachings of Jesus from performances, then we open the doors for charlatans who will try their best to perform evil miracles on untaught Christians.

November 21, 2016

Jesus secret formula for greatness

One day, a woman came to Jesus with a very bold request, and said:

'Master, grant that one of my two sons may sit at your right and the other at your left in your Kingdom' (Matthew 20:21)

The woman's desire was to see her sons rule besides Jesus in the Kingdom of Heaven. In my personal opinion, the request seemed very bold and was coming straight out of a mother's love for her kids.

But Jesus made a bold statement in response to the woman's request. The response He gave, would become the number one key secret to 'greatness'.

Do you want to know what it is?

November 13, 2016

The link between family and dominion

We sometimes fail to experience our blessings simply because we fail to respect the order of God.

In Genesis 1: 28, God says to Adam and Eve:

'God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Most people overexcited about God's promises, only focus on the 'dominate part' without the order which creates an environment facilitating domination.

In the order leading up to domination, God said:

1. Be fruitful,increase in number,fill the earth...
2. Then subdue it and rule over the living creatures

The fruitfulness God refers to,is about procreation or family creation. Adam and Eve were told to start a family first, then they would subdue the earth. In other words, if they had decided to remain the way they were, they would not have been able to dominate. 

Domination originates from the cohesion within a group or family unit. Anyone who ventures into doing things on his/her own, will have a very hard time to exercise dominion in his/her life.

November 4, 2016

Live a life bigger than yourself. You are bigger than your needs.

There was a time in my life where I constantly awakened in the morning with this question:

'Can my life become bigger than what it is right now?'

During those days, I was a man filled with gifts and and busy in places where my talents were not being used. So I would wake up and direct myself towards locations and places where I would meet a sense of absenteeism and where I would really feel as if my life was passing me by.

When my life revolved around my primary needs, there was no space for influencing humanity. My 8 am to 10 pm day would focus one thing: 'How can I provide for myself?'

Imagine living entire years of an existence only trying to respond the question: 'How can I provide for myself?'

November 3, 2016

Wisdom part 4:' How do I practice the Fear of the Lord?' (Teachings inspired from Proverbs 8)

Continuing from the teaching series inspired from Proverbs 8, today I will shortly discuss  the beginning of wisdom, which is the 'Fear of the Lord' (Proverbs 9:10).

As I stated in my previous message; it is not about knowing but rather about practicing what we know. It is useless to know the beginning of wisdom without practicing it.

The good question is: 'How do I practice the Fear of the Lord?'

The word 'Fear' is translated from the Hebrew 'Yirat' which refers to 'awe,respect, devotion.'

Keeping in mind those three words above, I will simply and briefly guide our study to understand the 'Fear of the Lord'.

1. Having awe for God:

Having 'awe' for God is about showing Him respect mixed with amazement. Showing  awe for the Lord can be done in many ways: in worship,in the way we talk about Him, in the way we describe Him, in the way we talk to Him.... Amazement is always included in awe.

2. Having respect for God:

The Wikipedia offers a great definition for the word 'respect' as a feeling of admiration for someone elicited by their abilities,qualities and achievements.
If we follow the above definition, we will show a special respect for God elicited by His abilities,qualities and achievements. In the same way that we feel inclined to honor and remain with people who respect us, God as well honors those who honor Him. There are several passages where the presence of the Lord departed from certain people simply because they did not respect Him. Anyone feeling disrespected in a certain environment would try his/her best to depart from that place. The same applies to God.
We can not expect to enjoy God's presence while disrespecting Him.
Therefore if you believe that God is present with you all the time, you will also do your best to live in a way that shows respect for His presence. Now that's wisdom.

3. Having reverence for God:

Reverence refers to a state of devotion for a person. The Wikipedia defines 'devotion' as a state of love,loyalty,enthusiasm for a person or activity. Having reverence for God transcends the Fear of the Lord' from lip service to devoted acts. In devotion, we do as He instructs  us to do.
Doing according to His instructions reflects wisdom from our side.
Though the 'Fear of the Lord' is the beginning of wisdom, the same wisdom also contains a set of instructions to follow if we wish to walk on the path of life as Proverbs 8:32-34 states:

Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.
Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.'

When we show devotion (reverence), we also seek  the instructions of Wisdom at her doorsteps on a daily basis and obey them, like Proverbs 8:34 mentions.
Wisdom is not some sort of poetry or an emotional song. Wisdom serves as guidance when we listen to her instructions.

Now that we have explained key concepts included in the 'Fear of the Lord', let's respond to the following question:

'How do I practice the 'Fear of the Lord' in my Life?'

You practice the Fear of the Lord by showing your amazement towards His person and by showing a deep admiration towards Him caused by his qualities,character, accomplishments and by showing enthusiastic active devotion /or submission for His instructions. If we live that way, we are well on our way to experience the beginning of wisdom.

Have you noticed that the Bible says: 'Fear of the Lord' and not 'Fear for the Lord'?

I will discuss the implication caused by that difference in my next installment of this series.

November 1, 2016

Justina*, a story of hope for abused women (Hope and inspiration).

About three years ago, I launched my online counseling ministry. The intent was to use technology in its full force to spread healing into the heart of many who would come across my way.

One of the people I was fortunate to counsel was Justina* (not a real name since I choose to keep her identity secret).
She is a young woman originally from Zimbabwe who emigrated in Johannesburg and who was struggling to heal her troubled past and her relationship with her mother. These are a few lessons learned from the interaction I had with her:

Lesson 1: She approached me online to share her pain and I made myself available. 

In life, when people approach you for help, take it as a compliment. Even if you are not in a position to help them. I have learned that when people approach me, it is is because of a certain spiritual embodiment on me  convincing  people that they will find hope and solution from God through me. Don't feel annoyed when people come to you for help but take it as a compliment.