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February 20, 2017

Swap your worries for what God is requiring of you.

When Jesus said that we should be concerned above all else about what God requires of us instead of worrying, He was offering the key to remove all the troubles causing our worries (Matthew 6:31-33).

Trusting God to provide a solution on a daily for all our needs,troubles or worries, is another level of Faith. 

I am not saying that it will be easy. I am saying that it is possible.
It was not easy thing for Abraham to just get up and leave his natal country for a promised with all his property, wife and servants. Can you imagine the amount of work it took him to relocate? But Abraham did it and turned it into something possible.
It was not easy for Jesus Himself to accept death on the cross like a lamb. Towards the final hours preceding his judgement,He even requested to save the world in another way if it was possible. But He accepted his fate and made the sacrifice possible.

It was not easy for most Bible heroes to preach the Gospel,kill giants,lions,move into new territories...but they made it possible.

I don't know what you are going through. Maybe you are submerged with debts, maybe you did not pay your rents, or you have no food in your fridge, maybe you are unemployed...It is not easy but there is a way out.

Death is the greatest problem that humanity may face and since Jesus came out of it, then it also means that He can get you out of any other issue you are entangled in.

I have relocated in Johannesburg in February 2016, not because I felt like doing it, but because God required me to. And for the entire year of 2016, I have experienced Matthew 6:31-33 in several occasions. 

Yes it was not easy, and yes I also had moments of doubts but God thought me to overcome those thoughts. (I am saying this so that you may understand that I totally relate to you)

But I understood a great principle: 'swap your worries for what God requires of you'

Do this to implement this principle:

1. Hear from God on what He expects you to do. 
2.Make a list of all the things God requires you to do. Don't feel bad if it is only thing. Those things the He requires are not always 'service related' but they could also include other things such as connecting with specific people, forgiving someone, it may be an action which will result in you finding a solution...
3.Get on it (even if it seems impossible, just get on it)
4. Confess that He will provide for you all solutions as promised in Matthew 6:33 and you will see for yourself.

Do that and you will see God's power.

February 13, 2017

The requirements of your citizenship from Heaven

How can righteous living be explained?

If you have been saved, you are a believer and you have received the gift of righteousness from Jesus (not through your actions). Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, makes you righteous automatically.
Your Righteousness should be worn on you, in the same way you would carry your earthly nationality. If you are an American citizen, every time the national anthem plays in a stadium or at work, you will instinctively pay respect by standing up and holding your right hand on your heart. You would do it because you are citizen and that's what American citizens do, regardless of color or social status.

I see 'Righteousness' as a new citizenship vested on you and stating that you belong to a territory called Heaven where the King is God. That citizenship makes you do the right thing.  The Good News Translation Bible presents a simplified version of righteousness is:

''Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things.'

(Matthew 6:33)

February 7, 2017

What is the meaning of 'Grace' and 'Mercy' of God?

As time has evolved, some Biblical words have lost their real meaning and have been defined in ways meant to suit people according to their lifestyles and choices.

The best way to understand some key Biblical words, is by finding out how the Bible defines them.

And in today's post, I want to define two very commonly used words in the church: ' grace and mercy'.

The two words seem to be totally confused and at times not properly explained. As we walk as righteous believers, we ought to understand the true meaning and impacts of those two words in order to live with power on our journey of purpose.

January 19, 2017

Two lessons learned from a bank visit

A few weeks ago, I went to my local bank in order to create a specific investment products. As I came in, a consultant sat me down, went through all the paperwork with me and we agreed to invest a specific amount that would start my portfolio.
Unfortunately, I was not able to start my investment since there was an amount of money in my account which needed to be cleared. As a result, I needed to wait for few more days. Just before leaving the bank, I asked the consultant to give me a list of all the investment products available with their interests payments.

I took the documents at home and spent  time to read it in its entirety. After my read, I realized that there were investments products much more better than the one I intended to take originally. 
Two weeks later, I returned to the bank with a changed mind and chose two more suitable products, better than the one I intended to have originally.

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?

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?