Valley

Can you remember those really low moments in life? Moments when you cried your heart out? Moments when you were broken, confused sometimes feeling torn apart?! Those moments when you felt that the devil will devour you to pieces if Christ doesn’t come through?! Those difficult lonely moments where no one seems to understand you? Yeah those moments! During those moments, God was there and He understands – Isaiah 57:15 .15 For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

While in a dark spot I have learnt:- Don’t walk your path alone, walk it with God. Don’t walk in your valley alone, walk it with God. Don’t think He can’t handle it, He can handle anything – He is God. Don’t think you are too dirty(sinful)for Him to {hold your hand} and walk you through this! HE operates under the law of LOVE. He is loves DEEPLY, very MERCIFUL {Luke 15:11-32}and forgets our mistakes as long as we surrender to him in repentance. Psalms 86:5 – You, Lord are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Isaiah 43:25-  “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Hebrews 8:12 – For I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more. Psalms 103:12 –  and as far as east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Amina🙏🙏 😁😁

God never meant that we could live life on our own. He meant that we could live it with Him, and that’s why He died  on the cross to buy back our lives from the devil to HIMSELF.

Question: What is your valley? Do you walk it with Christ(our source of strength and hope) or you walk it alone? If we walk alone; chances are the difficulties and darkness of the valley may finish us for on our own we don’t have the capacity to defeat evils of life, but with Jesus we will sour on eagles wings. We will make it out alive and strong..amen🙏 Again I ask what is your valley? Do you walk or alone? If so who lights the path where you walk on?{Psalms 119:105}. Who gives you strength when you become weak and tired? Who is your friend and confidant when lack one? I would rather we rethink doing life on our own. When challenges and difficulties arise -get into a habit of prayer{COMMUNICATE AND GROW CLOSE} to the FATHER and He will walk you out of any valley successfully!!ALLELUIA 🙌🙌👏👏

Do you know that, there is strength in the VALLEY?  We all go through some form of valley; regardless of age, gender, tribe, race or education status. In the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3; it states very well that we are bound to experience some pain or hurt in our lives. However, there is strength to move on and that strength is Jesus Christ. I am motivated to tell people about Jesus as our strength in all situations because I know that when we lack strength in the valley, we end up getting lost and devoured by it. Many valleys have potentials, dreams and goals of people who died in mind and emotion. We are not meant to die in the valley rather, we are to emerge victorious{Psalms 23:4}. For Jesus Christ our shepherd has promised to walk us through the valley if we heed to His call and allow his rod and staff to direct us through.

There is a danger of losing this strength in the valley by listening to negative people who make us negative in thought, also by giving too much attention to the negative situation around or within us. Thinking about the negative all the time will only dim your chances of seeing a brighter future – a better tomorrow.

Even as a I write this piece, I feel I am in a valley. I find myself always crying because of past mistakes and torture from the devil. I have been affected mentally, emotionally even physically. I can say that currently I am in a crazy situation – painful actually. But God is faithful and he is my strength. The sins that got me to the valley- He forgave but the devil is still fighting for me to die in the valley! In all this God is giving me strength; every second and minute so that I don’t die. And for that I am entirely grateful.😁😁😁

As I continue to write, I am reminded that a few years ago, some of us, were on the verge of job termination because of not meeting our employer’s targeted sales. It was a really difficult time and  the pressure was too much especially to those with families and school fees to take of. My biggest pressure was that I had rent and food. However, if you looked at me or talked to me; you wouldn’t tell I was in a valley because the strength of the Lord was in me. So what Jesus did for me, instead of succumbing to the pressure and getting devoured in the valley, He made me aware of a song by Ruth Wamuyu, a gospel artist in Kenya. Chorus to the song goes like “kanitha wa Jesu nitukene, tûshajamuke, tûhadetûo wega tûtigyenyenyeka.” Meaning, “we the church of God be happy, for we are planted well and we cannot be shaken.” We are planted well in Jesus Christ by God the Father and we shall not meet harm, shame or defeat for God is with us and He will get us out of any situation unto His glory. Alleluia 👏👏🙌🙌

Remembrance of the above testimony of how through that song, God gave me grace to continue until I overcame, has given me energy to continue living life even though confusing and painful right now – I WILL ENJOY THE RIDE and I will make it through Jesus Christ who leads me to greener pastures. Psalm 23

A psalm of David{NIV}

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

During a teaching yesterday; the teacher said, “your valley is just but a destination to greatness. For when you have to go through really tough time then it means there is a better coming out of it!” Alleluia. There is definitely greener pasture on the other side of the valley that we cannot see for now, but Jesus can so, just hold on to Him, our sure strength and power and we will come out alive.

How do we realise this power:
• Revelations 12:11, it is written, they triumphed over him(devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.  Remember your testimonies like I just did above or other testimonies of victories and see the God who brought you out of a previous valley to greener pastures better and stronger and you will defeat the devil of hopelessness in your heart and mind!

• Pray a lot. In difficult times, that is when we should really gear in prayer levels. If one prayer of our Father doesn’t help, then pray ten our Fathers if you have to! If it means to change your prayer pattern for results then do.  Pray until you find your peace. If you have the grace to fast- go ahead. Sometimes, fasting will go along way to getting us out of problems.

• Speak up📣. Don’t let stress weigh you down. If it’s in the office; speak to a colleague who seems mature and understanding; they may help you out. If it’s in matters of love, finances, spiritual, pray for God to give/direct you to people who will listen and offer good advise that will help you move on to the next minute, day or step in life. DON’T EVER WANT YOUR PROBLEMS TO PUSH YOU TO THE GRAVE. I have a friend who I share with, she prays and advises me the best she can. My mother is my other biggest friend and confidant, she listens, sees my tears, encourages me, prays for and over me and I am entirely grateful for her.🙏🙏

Read the word of God. There is strength in the word. A lot of strength and power actually. “For man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from God.”{Matthew 4:4}. When you discover the world can’t help you deal with your pain, don’t be shocked, it’s because it can’t handle your pain. Let’s pursue Christ for His love is the strength, power and shelter that we need out of  painful and trying situations.

•Live a holy life. Psalms 84:11 – no good thing does the Lord hold from a blameless(righteous) person. The Lord is ready to help us, but it important to know that God is holy. And it is expected of us to live holy lives. We may not fully experience the power of God in our lives if we entertain sin. E.g it will be difficult for us to experience the healing and grace of God if we hold on to bitterness and refuse to forgive, for we are breaking commandments of love, being disobedient and giving hatred(another god) power hence we cannot fully feel the love of God. So, we have to compromise rather do all we can directed by his grace to avoid sin and wickedness otherwise the devil can and will block blessings in our lives because we legally allow him to through sin.

There is strength in the valley and power in the Valley and he is Jesus Christ . Let’s not lose him, run away, get bitter or insult Him while in pain, rather more than ever we should move CLOSER TO HIM; and we will find Him. Ever willing and ready to help us out on any challenging and difficult situation. Alleluia.amina.

God is Good

God is good – Mark 10:18, And Jesus said to him, “why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

This is the first scripture I met talking about the goodness of God. I love it very much and hold to it with much faith and assurance. It’s truth spoken to us by the Son. The son, whom we know, knows more about the Father than anything in the heavens or on earth{John 14:6}
Apart from God’s goodness being documented in the Bible, we can also attest to his goodness through his works in our lives.  He is good because of the gift of LIFE. He is good because of the gift of FAMILY AND FRIENDS. He is good because of peace that surpasses human understanding. He is good because of the gift of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour and because of the Holy Spirit our friend and director. We thank and praise God all the time and we are happy when good things happen to us :- when we graduate, when we find the special one, when we have reconciled, when we have been healed emotionally, mentally and physically. We feel good and praise and worship him all the time. This is good and out of love and obedience it is also normal.

Question: What if God allows pain into your life; is he still good? What if you meet embarrassment, shame, biasness/discrimination; is he still good? Ecclessiastes chapter 3  states that God in his goodness allows a time for joy and pain. A time for life and death. These seasons don’t reduce God to an evil person, they don’t make him a bitter or vengeful person. In all seasons he still remains to be God! He still remains to be the good good Father that we know, a good friend and confidant. So, if God is good; when and how does he change to be bad or even a don’t care. He never does! It is our pain that makes us see him like a devil. Like a person who doesn’t care, a pretender or even a hypocrite. The devil uses every chance to take us away from the love and comfort of our Father, and he likes it when we do it ourselves(from our own will) because he knows the Father in heaven would never abuse, abandon or forsake us so he makes us leave the presence of our Father at our own will and at that point I say – pain got the best of us.

I like to praise God’s goodness and feel it in every situation. I like not to forget His goodness so that I don’t get bitter and angry with Him. I have come to learn it is wisdom to see God in all situations and to know that He is good. Good people are not evil they just do good because of the l💗ve inside of them.

When the Father allows pain to come my way I try not to hate on him but to really seek and find Him in my valley. This way I find strength to walk out of my {valley}difficult and trying moments in life. So, I always have in mind that whatever difficultly I meet it is not meant to finish me rather God allowed it for my own benefit. He knows how to make everything(even the difficult and painful ones) work out for the good of the good of people. Ecc 3:11 – He has made everything beautiful in it’s time. alleluia!!

Pain should never be a way to drive us further from the LOVE OF THE FATHER rather it should be something that draws us even closer to Him. I am a believer that every situation we meet as humans should be used as a stepping stone towards our Father. In pain we really get to experience God and I feel He allows us to experience things that will drives us out of our comfort zones to his zone. It may be hurting and difficult but, it will get us to His heart, and that is awesome. 🙌🙌🙌. His heart is an awes😁me place to be in.

I pray may we always find Jesus in our every moment of life. May we not lose this love rather, may we always find it in every situation of our lives acting as a pillar, fortress, confidant and Father. Amen.

Don’t Give Up 1

11 Then the Lord’s angel came to the village of Ophrah and sat under the oak tree that belonged to Joash, a man of the clan of Abiezer. His son Gideon was threshing some wheat secretly in a wine press, so that the Midianites would not see him. 12 The Lord’s angel appeared to him there and said, “The Lord is with you, brave and mighty man!”

13 Gideon said to him, “If I may ask, sir, why has all this happened to us if the Lord is with us? What happened to all the wonderful things that our fathers told us the Lord used to do—how he brought them out of Egypt? The Lord has abandoned us and left us to the mercy of the Midianites.”

14 Then the Lord ordered him, “Go with all your great strength and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I myself am sending you.”

15 Gideon replied, “But Lord, how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least important member of my family.”

16 The Lord answered, “You can do it because I will help you. You will crush the Midianites as easily as if they were only one man.” Judges Chapter 6:11-16.

The above describes the calling of Gideon to be the man who would save the Israelites from the Midianites.
However the scriptures describe his calling, they also show a man who had given up in life until God helped him back to the path of his destiny.

Verse 1 it is written that the Israelites had sinned against God so He allowed a tribe stronger than them to terrorise  and oppress then for a period of 7years. In verse 2-4 it is written that anytime the Israelites were about to harvest and celebrate their hard work; the Midianiates and the desert tribes would come as many as locusts, camp around them and eat all their crop and livestock. This led to fear among the Israelites. This oppression led to this – -verse 11 that “Gideon was found hiding.” That is what oppression will do to us – it will make us hide because we feel defeated under it. Further of what I learnt from the scriptures:-
1). It is possible to give up on life based on circumstances we face. The Israelites faced oppression and defeat for 7years. Can you believe trying to be someone, or strive to achieve something and it is always meeting defeat?! It could be lack of school fees, it could be sickness, it could be facing rejection, biasness, discrimination and you felt like giving up or have already given up like Gideon.  But there is freedom from destiny destroyers and from the death trap called giving up and it’s Jesus!

You see until the angel of the Lord came to Gideon would still have lived in a trap called backwardness, giving up and   stagnation. Until the angel of the Lord told Him the truth about who he was that is when he got freed!

So I have learnt it is important to have Yahweh in your life, lead and control your life for he will give you answers that will lead us to freedom..

Get to know the truth about your life through Jesus Christ it is written that God is the way the truth and the life John 8:32. And the truth shall set us free🙌🙌. I feel many of us give up because we live a lie. We have believed a lie for sometime and it became ‘our truth.’

Gideon lived a lie thinking that he could never live out his potential and ambitions. I bet he tried but always met  defeat, disappointments, disaster failure such that  when the Angel of the Lord called him mighty man it was hard for him to believe for he had already given up on himself. But the truth came to set him free. 😁😁🙌🙌👏👏.  So I have learnt it is important to get acquainted with the word of God.  For the word of God is life – life that has come to save and set us free. So before you give up I would like you to first get to:

  1. know what God says about you.
  2. Get to know what He can do for you.
  3. Get to know what He can through you. Know that you are purposeful. Know that there is a grace to live life. Know that God has your name on the palm of His hands{Isaiah 49:16}.So your life, dreams are in His hands😀🙌🙌. He will not let go of you so, don’t let go of Him and you will make it in life.  It will not be easy but it will be made possible through Him.  Alleluia. Amina.

Don’t Give Up 2

The above are common words which we often come across either in motivational books or speeches. We all  never want to give up in life; on our dreams and ambitions, but the truth is, however much we don’t like the idea of giving up we somehow find ourselves thinking about it and eventually giving up and for some people in the worst possible way – suicide.

To give up to me is like beast waiting to swallow us up if we give in to it. It lingers around waiting for it’s prey to lose strength and energy and eventually devour it. We all live on this planet and we all face challenges, the intensity may be vary but we all face challenges from the prince to the pauper. So, what can we do that our challenges don’t swallow us up; that they don’t overtake us and become superior than us. The answer is in foundation. What are you founded on?

Matthew 7:24-27 states that the wise man who built a house on good foundation, maintained his house(dreams,ambitions, friendships, faith) even after a storm hit the house because it was built on a strong foundation, but the foolish man’s house collapsed under a storm because of weak foundation. As sure as those words are so, are we sure that if and when we are founded on weak foundation we will fall when challenges come our way. I began by saying many people don’t like to give up, who actually wants to give up on life or on themselves?! No one really. So I have learnt that it is our foundations that help us not collapse when the storms come. Your foundation will speak to your thoughts, your torn emotions, your hopeless and it will either revive you back to life or pull you down into a grave.

How does a wrong foundation start? when we deal with challenges the wrong way. We all deal with challenges differently either positively or negatively and so I am speaking to those who deal with it in the wrong way. For example if you struggle with disappointments and frustrations in life because of poverty, rejection, sickness, betrayal. It’s really not the time to go to alcohol, sex, food, drugs, to take care of yourself rather it is the time to turn to God for help.

You see human beings are spiritual beings and the only way to take care of a spiritual being is through the Spirit(God). He is the only one who can take care of us to full restoration. He understands our innermost being, He formed us in our mothers womb; our feelings, emotions and thoughts arouse because and through Him. So when we take care of our selves we only hurt ourselves. Why? because we don’t have the know how to take of ourselves until we invite God’s presence into our lives especially in some matters like these.  Generally, we rely on our intelligence which may show us to eat all the junk we know to feel good for the pain to end, drink all the alcohol you can to forget the pain of frustration. Use sex, masturbation and porn to feel good, forget your pain and get high enough to move on. But in all honesty we all know these “foundations of inner peace” will one day collapse and will collapse with us. We all know these addictions cannot take care of us because once their effect is done in our bodies we go back to who we were; hopeless and torn apart.  I am not speaking about things I don’t know. I have been addicted to one or more things until I received healing from Christ and I knew that only Yahweh can take of us.

We suffer because we don’t know where to turn for help. For years we have treated ourselves and we have suffered even the more: alcohol has led to poverty and disease, food has led to obesity, dependancy on sex has led to a strain in relationships. So now it’s time to try something new, different and powerful that will not harm or hurt us; something that is not out to abuse or use us, rather to better us. It’s called LOVE. It’s called the LOVE OF YAHWEH. To surrender to Him is a matter of turning to Him fully without reservations. Invite Him into your life, become a believer. Pray and read the scriptures daily to gain strength. His words give life to our bones and flesh, thinking and emotions.  Let HIS LOVE bath, clothe and give us a reason to breath and move on.

I now don’t run to my addictions of junk food, porn, negative music as pain relivers, no, I became wiser through Christ and now I run to HIM, to the scriptures, to his powerful blood and over time I realised I was building a foundation in Christ Jesus. A sure foundation that even when the wind blows I still stand firm unto His glory for He is my hope, my life and my love. Alleluia. Amen

Faith

Have you ever prayed for something for such a long time and, you felt like giving up because you felt that, the Lord is not coming or is not listening to you?

I was studying some scriptures  in the Bible and I discovered that some people prayed for years and did not give up, that by the time Jesus Christ was passing their way, all they could do was just receive their blessings and miracle!

1). The man who at the pool of Bethsda{John 5:1-15}for 38years. He prayed for all those years. Praying for one thing – to get healed without giving up until when Jesus came and all he could do was receive his healing.

2). The lady who had a bleeding problem{Luke 8:43-48}she prayed for one thing for 12 years! that she would stop bleeding, and that the shame and embarrassment would end and it did because her faith led her to receive her healing/blessing when the time came.

3). The blind man cried out to Jesus, “Jesus son of David have mercy on me a sinner” and Jesus saw him, healed hence he received his sight again{Luke 18:38-40}. Can you imagine after all the ridicule from people for many years, he still believed that he will one day have sight again and he did!

What touched me or amazes me about the above examples is that they never gave up. Praying for one thing over and over saying – “I want freedom, I want deliverance, I want to be healed, I want change God – from bondage to freedom, I believe I can have a good life and I want a good life, I want change and I want restoration and I believe God you can do it.” I have hope I will change because you are God and you do good and wonders to those you love and I know you are no respecter of persons{Acts 10:34-36}. For 12 year another for 38 years! others may have been a short period but their suffering was equal to those in long wait (JOB and HANNAH), but still their Faith in God haikufifia…🙌🙌

So, my question to you and me today is, what is it you are believing God for? Have you prayed long enough like those examples in the Bible? Can your Faith match to theirs? Have you ever been that patient waiting for the Lord to come your way?

For, some, maybe you have and He has come through and now you have such a big testimony that God is alive, He is Faithful and He works miracles and wonders unto the faithful; those who never give up in Him.

For some of us, we are at that point where we have prayed and prayed for years and we think He has not heard or He forgot, but truth is, God hears every prayer and when you thought He was silent; He never was. When you thought He forgot; He never did for He says He has our names(our lives and everything about it) written on the palm of His hands{Isaiah. 49:16}. So, what makes you think He never listened, forgot about it or simply didn’t care? Now, He has come to answer you after along wait because guess what – your time has come and because of your never giving up on Him and on His promises then shall you receive your timely blessing. How good, how happy, how awesome and wonderful it is for us😃😃😃 to receive the blessings(the answered prayers..But it would be so sad if He passes by and we can’t or didn’t notice Him because we lost all Faith, that which is needed to receive our powerful, timely, blessing and miracles. Let’s not give up on ourselves and lose hope just when God is around the corner, just when He has arrived, just when that blessing has just arrived: just when that visa, that breakthrough, that marriage, that business, that victory prayer has been answered, do not give up on your God. It would be sad. Do you remember Daniel is the Bible, he prayed and fasted for 21days only for the prince of Persia to block his blessings from coming to him.  Now Daniel never gave up, he still called upon God to answer and out of his never giving up, the Lord sent Archangel Michael who fought the prince of Persia and Daniel got his answered prayer. Now can you imagine is he gave up!! he would not have been able to counter the difficultly in getting his blessing. So we pray and pray but what were need to do is to never give up until we get the answer. Look at it this way, Faith is the big basket required to receive and carry your blessings. Prayer and resilience prepares us to receive that blessing. Alleluia. Amen. Be blessed. Cheers.

# Yahweh ni Mungu
# Matthew 9:29

Mungu – is the name of God in kiswahili.

Yahweh ni Mungu

Yahweh wewe ni Mungu.

Jesus saw a man who had been blind since birth{John 9:1-11}He took some mud, spat on it, applied on the man’s eyes and told the man to was off the mud fromin the pool of Siloam and the man received sight. Alleluia.Amen.

kwa sababu Yahweh ni Mungu.

Four men{Mark 2:5}took their friend down in front of Jesus and as per their faith and humility(repentant heart), the paralytic got up picked up his mat and walked!(victory) Alleluia..amen.

kwa sababu Yahweh ni Mungu and He has the power to forgive.

The man who was at the well for 38years{John 5:8}was asked what do you want and he said to be healed and immediately, a disease that ravaged and tortured him for 38years left him and he got his healing-freedom. Alleluia!!!

Yahweh ni Mungu and He has power over crippling, shaming, disturbing diseases. Alleluia. Amen

What is it you think God cannot do? God is God{Exodus 3:14} and He does not need definitions from science and society to prove who HE IS. HE IS GOD AND HE DOES MIGHTY AND GREAT THINGS that make society stand in awe of HIM. He doesn’t need science to define or prove if HIS POWER IS REAL OR THAT IT CAN WORK WONDERS, all He needs is your FAITH. My friend as per your FAITH shall you RECEIVE YOUR HEALING. IT IS NOT ABOUT WHAT SOCIETY THINKS OR WANTS, IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT THE WORLD AND SCIENCE HAS SHOWN US. MIRACLES HAPPEN BECAUSE OF OUR FAITH IN YAHWEH.

Who is Yahweh- God in heaven. Ruler of all that is in the heavenlies, earth and underneath the earth. He says let there be and it becomes. He makes the blind see, the weak get strength again, the crippled walk and the dead come back to life. He is the ruler of all the is seen and unseen{Colossians 1:16}Who is Yahweh, He is GOD. Who is God? Your answer to this question will enable you to know if you know Him and truly believe He can do wonders in your life and change your life completely unto His glory. If you know God – good for you. Now do you believe He can do wonders and move your life to newness (from old to new unto His glory? Isaiah 43:19). Do you? I hope and pray you do because as per our Faith in Him will He do wonders in our lives only if we believe anaweza. Alleluia..Amen.

Blessed Virgin Mary pray for our Faith in Yahweh. For protection of our Faith in Yahweh. Amen. Please let’s allow our faith to raise to the level that is needed to open the flood gates of heaven and for us to receive our blessings.

I Love you and Jesus Christ; the way maker, miracle working God, the beginning and the end{Revelations 1:8} love you even more. Cheers

#Yahweh ni Mungu.
#as per your Faith shall it be done unto – Matthew 9:29
#Imani ni muhimu – Matthew 14:31

Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil.After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan!For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

There are a few things we can learn from this:

  1. Matthew 4:1 and Jesus was led into the desert. Question, how many times do we allow the Spirit to direct us in life? Especially in big things that really affect us. Okay, essentially it is considered wisdom to allow the Spirit of God to direct us in all matters concerning life for He is wisdom and knows all that is best and always wants the best for us hence the importance to seek Him first before undertaking any major or minor tasks in life. Jesus though God and man at the time allowed the Spirit to led him. This way, He knew he would be effective in what He planned to do  for the Spirit of God is grace, wisdom, love and power. Just like Jesus I feel it is important to call the Holy Spirit to direct us in the period of fast to that we can be effective. Allow the direction of the Spirit to as to be effective. For Jesus He had to fast 40days and nights to achieve that which was needed for His ministry ahead. Now for some of us the Spirit may direct us to fast for a shorter period. The Spirit may also instruct us to fast other things apart from food of course to achieve a particular purpose. What the Spirit chooses for us is for the graces needed and for calling/purpose ahead of us.
  2.  Know your tempter. Jesus knew His tempter. He knew the tempter is cunning, evil and just wants to destroy Him and hence was able to deal with him. The tempter is the devil. He does not play fair, he is not sweet, kind or polite. He is full of envy, pride and bitterness. He comes to steal, kill and to destroy(John 10:10b) and if we don’t know this we may easily fall loose the battle for you cannot win a battle if you don’t have knowledge of your enemy.
  3. Obedience to God means victory.  Imagine if Jesus had obey the devil and fell victim to anyone of his tricks(temptations)? If he did, it would mean slavery to the devil. You see, the devil will trick us to fall into his trap so that he can enslave us to always dogs bidding.  For example: if Jesus listened to fears that he was hungry and changed the stones to bread it would means the devil would have a chance to always enslave him through fear. But Jesus Christ won. Why?  He choose to obey His Father above all else. Obey God for because He is God and because He always wants what is best for us.
  4. Know to your scriptures. Jesus was able to counter the devil through the scripture. Scriptures are powerful when used appropriately, at the time to fit a particular situation. The scripture has truth(John 8:32)you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. The truth is power because the truth is Jesus Christ (John 8:36).  So, know your scripture, apply to all situations like Jesus taught us how to and I believe we shall make it for we are powerful and conquers through scripture( the sword of the Spirit the word of God). One example of using the scripture to counter the devil: what is humanly impossible is possible for God(Philippians 4:13).
  5. Finally, the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us. He is faithful to the end. It is written in Matthew 4:1:11- The devil left him, and the angels of the Lord came to attend to him. So, go forth in boldness and courage and know that out of love God will never leave you nor forsake you. He will see you to completion into His glory. Amina.

Live in Faith

I, recently, got my hair done not by my usual hair dresser but by a different one – a beautiful and talented lady. Let’s call her Carol. I have been to the salon before but never served by Carol. I used to think because of her disability(deaf and dumb) that she handles all the simple tasks while the rest of her colleagues do the complex stuff. How wrong!  I had given a position that she didn’t deserve – I judged her wrongly😔  and on this particular day she did my hair. I almost wanted to reject her offer to do my hair, but her confidence made me keep quiet and believe she knew what she was doing. To be honest; she did a really good job, better than most hairdressers I have met, and she did it effortlessly. I think about her and thank God I met her because she taught me a few things:

•Live in Faith always. God works wonderously and powerfully when we live in utter and complete trust in Him. Matthew 9:1-8(Jesus heals the paralytic man). Matthew 9: 20-22( Jesus heals a lady suffering with severe bleeding problem for 12 years!) are just but examples of how God works powerfully when we invite Him through Faith.

•God does not need permission from our situations to bless us. He will bless us because He wants to and it pleases Him to do so. Our current situations that we think are disabilities to achieving our goals, are just but opportunities presented to us that enable us to meet our Maker(His love, kindness, mercy and grace) in a powerful way. Lack of this or that today, is not a disability to achieving our goals for we will still be what we are meant to be according to His will. God is God and He does not wait for the storm to calm down that He can bless us! He will calm down the storms Himself  and open another door😀😀 just don’t give up on Him. Trust Him, he knows your life and he is in control{ Isaiah 49:16}. Carol’s disability does not block God’s blessings on the contrary her Faith in God actually releases blessings into her life🙌🙌. Matthew 9:29, “According to your faith, let it be done unto you”. Amina

•Love yourself 😍. Be content with the way you are because when God formed you, He looked at you, felt you were complete and it pleased Him. {Genesis 1: 31 31 God looked at everything he had made, and he was very pleased}. Carol’s confidence shows she loves herself the way she is. She is content for she knows God did not create a mistake. Psalms 139: 13-16. 13 You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because you are to be feared; all you do is strange and wonderful. I know it with all my heart.15 When my bones were being formed you carefully put together in my mother’s womb,when I was growing there in secret,  you knew that I was there—
16  you saw me before I was born. The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book, before any of them ever began.” He created us out of love to fulfill a purpose according to His will. We are not a mistake. We are purposeful. We are loved😀😀

•Living in Faith releases the grace to hope and be peaceful hence stress free lives. Carol appears quite calm and relaxed when you meet her. Her confidence does not make anyone know she is challenged in speech and hearing. This is because of peace of mind. She can feel the love of  God the Father which is constantly with us.{Deuteronomy 7:9} Remember that the Lord your God is the only God and that he is faithful. He will keep his covenant and show his constant love to a thousand generations of those who love him and obey his commands. We like Carol, should know that our Father in heaven did not abandon us on earth nor does He desire to humiliate us, but He created us for a purpose and will take care of us unto His glory. Amina.

•Jesus loves us;  each and everyone of us. We are purposeful regardless of how we appear to the world. Jeremiah 1:4-8 – The Lord said to me, “I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born I selected you to be a prophet to the nations.” I answered,“Sovereign Lord, I don’t know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say that you are too young, but go to the people I send you to, and tell them everything I command you to say. Do not be afraid of them, for I will be with you to protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” God’s love is constant and is for all. He loves and He cares. So, I, like Carol choose to live in Faith that God will provide. I may not know how the future will turn out, but I know it will be just fine as long as I choose to walk with God and abandon myself into His selfless love, and if things do not work out as planned I believe He will provide a grace that makes it okay to be okay with His will. Amina.

I hope my experience with Carol has helped you to view situations from a positive angle and ignite your Faith and trust in God. May He continue to open our understanding of Him through our daily experiences. Amina. Now let’s look at some biblical examples:

• Jesus fed the 5000/- with two fish and five loaves{Luke 9:10-17}. Jesus raises Jairus daughter {Matthew 9:18-26}. Jesus heals the paralytic{Matthew 9:1-8}. All this out of Faith that His Father in heaven will come through for Him and He actually did in all instance that called upon his grace, power and love.

*David, while a young man shows us that Faith can truly defeat those things in our life that appear to be mountains. He defeats Goliath with a sling and 3stones. A giant who had come all covered up with armour!! 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 facedown on the ground.

•Mary and Martha Lazarus sisters, knew that when Jesus saw the state of His friend Lazarus, things would change for the better and they actually did for Lazarus was brought back to life by Jesus. Alleluia!{John 11:1-44}.

20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “If you had been here, Lord, my brother would not have died! 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask him for.”

23 “Your brother will rise to life,” Jesus told her.

24 “I know,” she replied, “that he will rise to life on the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; 26 and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord!” she answered. “I do believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

Lazarus Is Brought to Life

38 Deeply moved once more, Jesus went to the tomb, which was a cave with a stone placed at the entrance. 39 “Take the stone away!” Jesus ordered.

Martha, the dead man’s sister, answered, “There will be a bad smell, Lord. He has been buried four days!”

40 Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believed?” 41 They took the stone away. Jesus looked up and said, “I thank you, Father, that you listen to me. 42 I know that you always listen to me, but I say this for the sake of the people here, so that they will believe that you sent me.” 43 After he had said this, he called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 He came out, his hands and feet wrapped in grave cloths, and with a cloth around his face. “Untie him,” Jesus told them, “and let him go.” 

The lady who suffer from a severe bleeding problem for 12 years, had such strong Faith that just by a touch of Jesus cloak(garment) she was healed!  {Matthew 9:20-22} 20 A woman who had suffered from severe bleeding for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If only I touch his cloak, I will get well.” 22 Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, my daughter! Your faith has made you well.” At that very moment the woman became well.

These and many other examples in the Bible show how Faith in God can do wonders. Of the above examples one that stands out most is of Jesus Christ. He was able to do great and mighty things because of His faith in God. Jesus Faith in God the Father was strong and deep because of the relationship they shared. Jesus knew His Father and knew that He would never let Him down because of the love they shared. Likewise, our Faith in God is based on how we relate with Him. How deep we are with Him determines the depth of our Faith. So then it is correct to say that we need to work on our relationship with God to build our Faith in Him. I challenge you to pursue God, get to know Him for He is found by those who seek Him. “I love those who love me; whoever looks for me can find me{proverbs 8:17}. “You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart.”{Jeremiah 29:13}, love Him for who He is not what He can do. Be obedient to Him- follow His ways and teachings, let Him be so close that you can’t live without Him. That is how Jesus was with His Father while here on earth. His Father in Heaven was His everything:- His joy and laughter, His peace and strength{Matthew 4:4}. Desire a healthy and strong relationship with the Father in heaven for He says He will never reject anyone who goes to Him{John 6:37}. This way, I believe it will easy to understand how He works, his attributes and you will discover a life of Faith may not be such a challenge after all rather one of grace, peace, power and love. Alleluia. Amen.

*Amina is kiswahili for Amen.

Let go and Let God

IMG_20170727_211400_133My watch – my beautiful cracked watch. I loved this watch very much that I actually had a problem in letting it go. Even after the screen got cracked, I had a problem to let go and buy another. Why?Unfortunately because I had attached my esteem to it. You see, I thought because I had a classy watch then people would notice me…how sad! This was the truth, and I was in bondage for quite some time until recently I got the courage to let go, and shop around for another.

Letting go of stuff, people and the past is not easy. In Isaiah 43:18-19 -The Holy Bible version, it is written; But the Lord says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” God, through the prophet Isaiah, announced hope to the Israelites, that the worst was over and the new had come, it had already started. ‘Do you not perceive it?’ Was the question posed to them… I think God noticed a lack of faith, a lack of complete and total surrender to His love for miracles in their lives and hence he asked, “Do you not perceive it?” ‘The new’, is something good, something exciting and worthwhile – worth to hope for and expect with eagerness, longing and expectations. I think the reason we don’t perceive the new is because we are still holding on to the old hence blocking the new.

The Holy Spirit, through his prophet, told the Israelites that he was going to do great and mighty things that would make them forget the past however, bad(gruesome and traumatizing) it may have been, and I feel He is speaking the same message to us. He is saying that however bad, or however troublesome our experience(s) may have been, he has the capacity to take it away- to heal and restore us to a better and new people. All we need to do is trust Him, let go of our past negative experience and focus on the new. We need to let go of the pain of being hurt by rejection from family and friends, we need to let go lies in our minds that we are ugly, incapable, reckless, failures and accept the truth that we are fearfully and wonderfully made {psalms 139:13-14} set apart for great and bigger things than we can possibly imagine {John 14:12}. In the bible, the pharisees had to let go of their rigidity and life of the law {John 8:1-11} for the love of God (the new) to penetrate their hearts, hence change their lives. Peter had to let go of his fears for the new (power to proclaim the gospel) to take over him, hence start the church.

Likewise, we will have to let go for God to have space and work in us. We have to let go of the past negative childhood experience e.g. lack of peace and abuse from home that makes us become fearful and bitter with people, a poverty stricken past that may have caused trauma to an extent the we cannot treat ourselves to nice hotel meals and good expensive clothes, of that rejection from a former lover so that we can learn to love again e.t.c… We need to let go of that cracked bit or part in our lives for the Holy Spirit to gain dominance and control over us. That fear, laziness (procrastination), rigidity, bitterness, un-forgiveness…. is only a block for him to work marvels and wonders unto His glory. Look at Moses, he had to let go of fear of the Egyptians so as to lead the Israelites out of bondage! Great and unimaginable things can happen us. Question is, Do we know this? Do we perceive this? Are we ready for them? Are we ready for that good job, that man or woman to marry, that new friend? Are we ready for the dreams we have been praying and fasting for? If not, we need to talk(pray) to the Holy Spirit and tell him the truth – to increase our love and faith in Him so that his blessing will not just pass us by, but will be realized and manifest in our lives.

Christ thy kingdom come….

Truth

Nasadiki kwa Mungu mmoja, ndiye Baba yetu mwenyezi,

muumba mbingu pia dunia, nasadiki kwa Yesu Kristu.

mimi ninasadiki, kweli ninasadiki, nasadiki kwa Yesu Kristu.

Of late, I get challenged when I recite the Apostles’ Creed. I wonder, do we really believe in God the Father and in Jesus Christ His son? To believe in God is to know and accept that He is the way, the truth and the light {John 14:6}, that He is the truth that came to set us free from lies of the devil.

One of the truths is that we are beautifully and wonderfully made{Psalms 139:14}. Beautiful means pleasing to the eyes. So, when we think we are ugly, incapable or unworthy because we are either; slender, plum, dark skinned, less intelligent e.t.c…then we simply surrender to lies. The word of God is an order, it is Yes and Amen{2 Cor 1:20} so, believe it when God says we beautiful and capable for it is truth that cannot be challenged! Further, something wonderful is known to produce pleasing and good results. Likewise, it is important to know that we are not only wonderful, but we are meant to produce wonderful results for we have the capacity within us to be; great leaders, spouses, ministers of God, friends, parents…..by His grace.

Another truth is that are called to live life to the fullest {John 10:10} so, when we live in depression, self-pity, self-hate and rejection then we simply live in lies for Jesus came to save and set us free from darkness/oppression that we can have life and have it in abundance. God loves us, hence defeated the devil that we could have power over him. With this truth in mind it becomes possible to live a life of abundance for we have the power within us to do so, and that power is Jesus Christ living and breathing within us.

Another truth is that we are the temples of the most high, the most Holy Spirit, the Holy of Holies {1 Cor3:16} we should therefore, keep ourselves holy and pure in thought, word and action for His presence to dwell in us. The devil will lie that we can do whatever we what to do even rebel with our bodies e.g. that we can have sex with whomever we please to our own pleasure, but the truth is fornication is an act of selfishness and disobedience that actually hurts God and destroys us. It leads to ungodly soul ties that cause a lot of pain and hurt. God wants to rule our lives by dwelling in us. He wants to heal and make us strong against devil, further make us His ambassadors wherever we are and I believe He can actively do this when we allow our heart, mind and body to be His dwelling place.

Another truth is that God loves us. {Ezekiel 16:4-14}. The devil will do anything to make us hate God. He can create situations that will lead to hardships and pain so that we can believe that God has abandoned us{ref Job in the bible}. The love of God is our shelter, it is our refuge and our resting place. So, when we turn away from this love, we become prey for the devil to manipulate us into thinking we are nothing, people of no value or purpose, hence we end up wasting ourselves{ref prodigal son}. So, instead of being the people we are meant to be, we end being what the devil wants us to be…but God is merciful and will always restore us back to former glory once we turn back and cry out to Him for help.

Jesus Christ has complete power and authority over the devil. God put all things under His feet and made Him Lord, supreme over all things {Ephesians 1:22}. He is powerful, soo powerful that just by His name we are set free from the devil {Philippians 2:9}. So, let’s believe in Him, trust Him and pursue the truth in Him that has come save and set us free. Jesus is the truth of God and He is found by those who seek Him.

Christ thy kingdom come………