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August 26, 2016

The power of forgiveness.

The following story is based on true events. Names of the characters were changed to protect their privacy:

' One day, there was a man named Oliver*, who was constantly struggling in his life. He had a hard time to find a job, his financial life was in total disarray. Oliver* was in his early thirties, and most of his prayers were never answered.

Believe it or not, he held a degree in accounting, which should make him very employable but in spite of his qualifications, he would never find a job. There were times where he would spend days without was tough for Oliver*.

And one day, he got so upset about his situation that he started seeking for prayers and counselling. Oliver visited several churches, he even visited seriously anointed christian prophets to seek solutions to his ordeal. But nothing changed until he met with a christian counselor gifted with wisdom, and named, Joseph*.

While Oliver* was talking about his issues, he made sure to complain about his life while blaming Satan, the president, the government, the economy and even God.

People love to blame others, but Joseph was not buying into Oliver* story...after listening to his concerns, the discerning Joseph started asking Oliver some very personal questions about his life.

(Dear readers and friends, note that problems don't always erect from thin air...In most cases there are sources which need to be known and dealt with.)

Through their discussion, Joseph discovered something that Oliver never wanted to mention in his complaints: 
'Oliver had a girlfriend with whom he had broken up 12 years ago. Oliver broke up with his girlfriend when she told him that she was pregnant...In a moment of panic and denial, Oliver denied the pregnancy and accused his girlfriend of cheating and eventually dumped her'

Suddenly, after digging out that confession to Joseph, Oliver did not look holy anymore as he enjoyed presenting himself in his previous counselling sessions.

Joseph commanded him to track down his ex-girlfriend and go for a paternity test and if the result proved to be positive, he should ask for forgiveness and come back for a 'breakthrough prayer'. In the beginning Oliver resisted the idea but later on , he went on tracking down his ex-girlfriend, named Emma*. When Emma saw him, she was shocked but she gave herself time to listen to Oliver who kindly requested for a blood test.

During 12 years since their break up, Emma raised their daughter alone and even managed to have a brilliant career in the banking industry as an executive director for a local bank.

The paternity test came out positive...Oliver was the father of the baby and for 12 long years, he never even once tried to get in touch with his daughter...

Oliver felt so bad about it and begged for forgiveness from both Emma and their daughter...fortunately for him Emma forgave him. From that moment Oliver decided to become a better man...he understood that many of his blessings were blocked because of the grudge Emma and his daughter held against him. He needed heart reconciliation.

Oliver came back to Joseph for prayers and a week later, Emma decided to connect Oliver to an entry level job in a bank. She really forgave him....

Today Oliver is a better man, he sees his daughter regularly, unfortunately him and Emma are not together as a couple but remain friends.'

End of the story.

What is the moral of the story?

'Sometimes we ask for blessings and breakthrough or relief from God but we forget some trespasses we have caused to others. There are many men who are in the same situation as Oliver. There are many people who are suffering not because of the economy,not because of the government,not even because of Satan but simply because of those grudges,trespasses they have caused.

Jesus recommended reconciliation before expecting the realization of a prayer (Matthew 5:24). We can move from one prophet to another, from one church to another in order to find a solution but we also need to check ourselves.

Oliver confessed his wrongdoing and his life turned around, just like the Bible says:

'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)

Let's forgive and ask for forgiveness. It is very healthy.

August 23, 2016

Let Your will be done. ( Is God really in control?)

 Does God have control of everything on Earth?

If we assume that the response is 'Yes' then why do we have so much of poverty around? Why do we have so much of wars and suffering rampaging humanity?

If we assume that God is in Control of everything, then why did Jesus tell us to pray as follow:

'Let your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven' (Matthew 6:10)

In Heaven, everything is perfect; there is no poverty or imperfection and only the will of God is done. As a matter of fact the people who would have been disobedient to God during their entire earthly lives, will not be allowed in Heaven since they would have shown a un-submissive character on earth. Since only the  will of God is done, therefore there is no poverty,no war, no suffering, no pain, no imperfection. even the devil can not stay there...

August 20, 2016

To change the world in a better way , you need to be relevant.

Have you ever noticed the usual lines that motivational speakers and other people use when giving advice in times of trouble? They say things like:

'Hold on, God is coming!'
'The Lord is on high, you shall not be shaken in times of trouble!'
'The LORD did not forget you!'
'The Lord shall revenge you'

I sometimes read those things on Facebook, and I always wonder:

'What do they mean?'

I know that they have the best intentions, but I can assure you that many advice given are simply out of touch.

There is a beautiful story in the Bible retracing the familial friendship between an old woman named Naomi and her widowed daughter in law. The two stick together during hard times; Ruth had lost her husband, and Naomi was very old. As the days passed by, Ruth had to move on with her life by giving herself a chance and get a new man in her life.
But do you know what was the most astonishing aspect of the story for me?

When Ruth's time to get a new man arrived, Naomi did not tell her stuff like:

August 19, 2016

What is God's business on Earth?

Luke chapter 2:41-49 reads as follow:

'Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s business?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.'

What did Jesus mean by 'His Father's business'?

Jesus replied to his earthy parents by telling them that He was involved into his Father's Business. 
Jesus was found in the middle of people discussing the Word of God in the Temple, and He called it 'His father's business'.

From this excerpt I can conclude that God's business is related to his Word, people  and the church.

Everyday of our lives presents to us daily worries and tasks we feel obliged to attend to but Jesus said:

'But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.'

(Matthew 6:33)

Jesus calls you and I to focus on the business He came to take care of, and He even promised that our needs shall be taken care of.

These are the three components of God's business on Earth:

1. His Word:

Jesus was discussing,learning, and answering about the Word of God in the Temple. God's word is enclosed in the Bible and expressed through different mediums (preaching,prophecy,revelation,vision...). We have a duty to meditate on every Word God tells us and beyond listening, we have to obey and follow as well.
In Joshua 1:8, God commands us to keep His Word on our lips and to not let it depart from us.
Being involved with the Word of God means 'living according to what God says for our lives, living according to His will ( regarding our career,ministry, marriage and many other things...)and Jesus did the perfect will of God.
Being involved with the word involves confessing God's thinking ways when we face life.

2. Church:

The second component of God's business on Earth is the church. We have to keep ourselves in constant fellowship with the members of God's family  and play our part as a member of the body by taking up a role fitting our gifts. 
If you can teach, then teach,
If you can usher, then help in welcoming people...
Jesus was sitting with teachers of the Word. What is our relationship with the people holding authority in the church? Do we take time to seat with them and learn, discuss and ask questions?
There is no such thing as an 'isolated Christian' configured in God's plan.

3. People:

God gave His Son for people. He did not send Jesus for buildings,money and gold but for people. The life and ministry of Christ was centered around reaching out to humans who were imperfect,sinners,questionable, good, powerful, poor...Jesus was interested in everybody.
And as followers of Christ, we should constantly find opportunities to influence positively the lives of others whether at work,in our communities, neighborhood, and in many other places.
As the world becomes increasingly squeezed  by bad social and economic torrents, life tends to get harder. People are hurting and need solutions. Every gift God has planted in you, were not meant to stay within you but to reach out to others.

Remember this: God's business on Earth= His Word (His will),  the Church,People.

Find your involvement.

August 17, 2016

Choose to change the world.

Let's do some personal introspection:

'How many people do you think would raise their hands to say how much you have changed their lives?'

Now that we are running into the second half  of the year, let us ask our self the question of how much our lives have impacted the people around us.

If your answer to the question is : 'Zero',  then you have some serious introspection to make.
You can not allow yourself to spend 12 months in a year without influencing positively the life of another person. Failing to influence people is similar to having a totally invisible life.

August 16, 2016

Intending is not deciding.

Very often we think so much on elaborating, planning and wishing. As a result of the intense focus we place on the 'planning part' of life, we get so confused to the extent of believing that we acted on it.

Has it ever happened to you?

I was once talking to a young lady who wished to study at college but couldn't because of financial difficulties. While we were talking, I couldn't stop listening to her whining and moaning on how unfair life is. So out of pure curiosity, I asked her some questions:

Me:-Have you tried to explore all the possibilities through which you could get financial help?

Girl:-I tried so many things, she said, and I still can't get help, nobody wants to help me!

August 5, 2016

You can still get started on your dream even with less.

Sometimes it looks as if you are always limited or shortchanged,

Sometimes it seems as if life only offers you a strict limited amount of resources to do the things that other people around do with ease.

Sometimes it seems as if you are always requested to cross a river without a boat, while others living around you constantly have boats to journey on the other side.

And yes, you are right to grieve towards this seemingly unjust treatment. 

Sometimes, every time you attempt to take a decision, you are constantly limited by circumstances or resources....

July 26, 2016

Why you should choose the voice of the Holy Spirit in your walk.

Johannesburg: 'Its' 6 a.m in the morning, and the cold breeze is dominating the weather.

 As I wake up, I can't even see the horizon through my bedroom window and yet I have to get out there make a contribution to the world in this horrible weather. I decide to return on my bed because I don't feel like going out...

Suddenly a voice inside of me tells me to get up and do some work out there, but the feeling is not there... I have to make a choice between 'how I feel' and the voice of the Spirit inside of me.

I choose the voice of the Spirit.

All too often in life, God will require you to do things that you do not feel like doing.
There will be times where He will tell you to speak to your spouse while you feel like punishing your spouse with a silent treatment. There will be times where God will require of you to take actions unattractive to the way you feel, but if you want what's best for you, then you will to choose the way of the Holy Ghost.

July 15, 2016

Conversations are the birth for a new season.

                                   "Conversations are the birth for a new season"
                                                         (Mike Murdoch)

If you take the time to read your Bible, you will mention that all the heroes called by God were initiated into their mission through a dialogue, a conversation.

God conversed with all the Bible characters before sending them or before introducing them into a new season. God and Abraham, God and Moses, God and Joseph and many others.

Divine conversations are not the only ones that can introduce you into a new season. There are also great conversation with valuable friends, or acquaintances which could help you enter a new realm in life.

A conversation with a total stranger in the street could lead one day to a wedding day...a conversation with someone in a business meeting could lead to financial growth, a conversation could add to your knowledge or create new friends, a conversation with your parents could shape the way you think...

As you are walking in this  new season and as you seek to change your environment, I strongly advise you to find the right people to converse with.

Out of those conversations, something will come out, as the Bible says:

'A wise man will hear and increase his knowledge' (Proverbs 1:5)

July 11, 2016

Reasons why God does not speak to you anymore and how to change to that.

I believe that God speaks to everyone who calls upon Him. However, I have encountered people who used to hear from God but after a while God stopped talking to them…

Do you know the parable of the talents?
One day, a master decides on taking a journey but before traveling, he calls three of his servants and give to each respectively 5 talents, 2 talents and to the last one 1 talent. The master expected them to multiply the money he gave them on his return from his trip.