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2017 years dead but still on everyone’s lips. Who is this man?

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If He was dead, he would be insignificant. We still talk about him everyday because he is very much alive. He is risen!  Who is this much loved much hated man? Let’s see what the book of John says about him. 

  1. John 3vs16 tells is that Jesus is the son of the Creator whom we call God or Jehovah. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  (John 3:16 ESV)
  2. Jesus is the Word of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  (John 1:14, ESV)
  3. Jesus is the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.  (John 1:9, ESV)
  4. Jesus is the Discerner of Hearts. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.  (John 2:24-25, ESV)
  5. Jesus is the Lamb of God. The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  (John 1:29, ESV)
  6. Jesus is the Messiah. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”  (John 4:42, ESV)
  7. The Way. The Truth. The Life.  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  (John 14:6, ESV)
  8. Jesus is God. Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.  Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.  (John 14:10-11, ESV)
  9. The True Vine. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  (John 15:1, ESV)
  10. The Good Sherperd. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,  (John 10:14, ESV)

May the Sprit of the Lord touch you now and reveal the Word of the Lord to you. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen. 

Its unbelievable! But He did it.

You see, when I made the decision to be born again, to receive Christ as my Lord and Saviour I was a mess. I was running around trying to find a prophet who could foretell my future. I know, it makes no sense now that I think of it. But I was just in a very bad place and the solutions I was seeking could have only made things worse. I was battling some terrible addictions and was going nowhere in life.

It was at this time I suddenly felt an urge to be baptised in water. Now, I will be clear. I wasn’t born again. I had no relationship whatsoever what God and there I was feeling a burning urge to be baptised. 

So I began to read the Bible (had one an ex gave me) so I could know more about baptism because I could not contain the feeling. Now I could not read about the baptism in water without coning across the baptism by the Holy Spirit. I tell you it was one thing leading to another and before the week was over, I was receiving Jesus via a television program.

Only then did I look for a New Covenant church( thank you pastor Joseph Prince) and was then baptised in water. A few minutes after I came out of that baptism pool, I was filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in tongues. And all this happened within a week. Unbelievable?

But here is what I want to say. When the time comes, God comes for you. I was in a dark world of alcohol and drugs. Somewhere between a bottle of beer and a joint I felt the urge to be baptised. (It was a good thing there was no swimming pool nearby) Without my knowledge, the Holy Spirit was working to lead me to Christ.

And now here I am. So I want to ask you this. If God was working in my life before I was even born again, what about now? Now that I am a citizen of Heaven saved by God’s unmerited favour, I am not more than before? Think about it? 

God was there for us before we even knew Him. What more today when we can actively approach His throne. God is not against you or me. He is for us. Working for us, in us, through us. 

Working through an ex forgetting his Bible. Working in me through the Holy Spirit nudging me towards baptism. Working for me through a television program I watched 3 months after the actual service took place. Working in me through His Word.

God is in perfect control.

As He is, so are we!!!

“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” — Rom 8:16

​Today as we go about our day, let’s remember who we are. That we are now born of God and like Father, like Son. So whatever might be the trouble, take it to God. He is our Father and also the Creator of the Universe. So whatever is too big for you, will not be too big for Him. We have a Big God and we are very rich inside. All we need is to release that richness into everything we touch.

Wood has energy. Petrol has energy. But to release that energy you need to light it up. The same goes for us children of The Most High God. Prayer releases the energy inside of us. If I am going to tackle a project at work and I need God’s grace and favour upon it, all I have to do is pray upon it.

So, intercessors, take it to the Lord. Whatever is going on around you, take it to the Lord in prayer. His fire, through you, for you, inside you will be released all around you.

And remember, kamoto kamberevere kakapisa matanda mberi ( A small fire burned mighty forests). As you pray for one thing, the fire of God is being released in other areas of your life. Before you know it, everthing falls into place. 

Isn’t that just wonderful?

God’s giving is not dependent on our giving

Often in church I have heard that we should “give” to God so that He can give to us. Whenever time for the Sunday offering came, I would hear about how “with the measure you give, so it shall be given to you.” 

So what that would imply is that if I give less money, God will give me less money. I have even heard of people giving all their money to God and becoming bankrupt hoping that the Lord will give them more money. Of cause in most cases the money did not come and that led to resentment and anger. 

God is faithful even when we are unfaithful. That means, whether we give more or less, God will always be faithful in giving us riches according to His Glory. He will not be saying ” Oh on Sunday she gave me just a $1 when she had $100. So I will give her 1% of my blessings this week. ” No! Nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s look at it this way.

First things first, that money we , put in the collection plate on Sunday? We are not “giving” God. We are offering. An offering is done willingly. Out of joy. With no ulterior motive. With no hope of receiving anything back. An offering is an expression of love. An expression of trust. What it means is as you place your money in that plate, you are letting it go along with your love and trust to God. Its not an investment whereby you then wait for results. Its a selfless gift to the one you love, God. 

So if you then wait for God to give you according to your measure, then it means He is measuring your gift of love in monetary terms. That could not be further from the truth.  God gives according to His perfect love. Our love is flawed. I do not have to give in order to receive from the Lord. But knowing that God will bless me either way, my heart yearns to give to Him more. I can never match His love, but I can express my love. 

There are times however when you might have to plant a seed. Seeding is a topic for another time. For today, pray that the Holy Spirit will help you to become selfless in your offerings. Out of the abundance of God’s love we give. 

Absent but loved

Yesterday I was praying. As I was praying, the Holy Spirit prompted me to pray for my husband. To plead the blood of Jesus upon his life. I felt a great outpouring of love towards said husband. How I loved that man. As I prayed for him I felt peace. I felt joy. I felt love. I felt things falling into place.

But you know what? I am not married. Am not even in a relationship. I do not even know who the said husband is. But the love I felt for that unknown man made me realise something. Love for a spouse is a gift from God. How else do I explain it? God gifted me with love for a man I am yet to meet. He gave me something to be passionate about. Something to look forward to.

Is that in any way familiar? Do you know anyone that loved someone before they were there? Anyone that loved people not yet there enough to give His Son as a sacrifice so they could be free? Yes! You are right. It is God. God showed the perfect love. He didn’t need you to be there to love you. And when He gifts His love to you, you will love people you haven’t met yet. You will pray for children you haven’t had yet. Why? To know His love is to exercise faith.

 You cannot love a spouse based on chemistry, faults and strengths. The chemistry fades. People are ever changing. So how do you love an ever changing spouse? You bring out the “big guns”. The word of God tells us that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. (Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8, ESV)). So if I want a consistent flow of love for my spouse, I have to look to God. There is no other way. God is not limited or controlled by time. So if He blesses with love for my spouse, that love is not limited by time. It is not changed by time. It becomes a constant flow of love from the Father, to me, to my spouse, to me and back to the Father.

Isn’t it beautiful? I think its deep. 

Psalm 86: A cry for help

Listen to me, LORD, and answer me, for I am helpless and weak. 

Save me from death, because I am loyal to you; save me, for I am your servant and I trust in you.

You are my God, so be merciful to me; I pray to you all day long. Make your servant glad, O Lord, because my prayers go up to you.

You are good to us and forgiving, full of constant love for all who pray to you. 

Listen, LORD, to my prayer;  hear my cries for help. I call to you in times of trouble, because you answer my prayers.

There is no god like you, O Lord, not one has done what you have done. All the nations that you have created will come and bow down to you; they will praise your greatness.

You are mighty and do wonderful things; you alone are God.

Teach me, LORD, what you want me to do, and I will obey you faithfully; teach me to serve you with complete devotion.

I will praise you with all my heart, O Lord my God; I will proclaim your greatness forever.

How great is your constant love for me! You have saved me from the grave itself. Proud people are coming against me, O God; a cruel gang is trying to kill me— people who pay no attention to you. But you, O Lord, are a merciful and loving God, always patient, always kind and faithful.

Turn to me and have mercy on me; strengthen me and save me, because I serve you just as my mother did.

Show me proof of your goodness, LORD; those who hate me will be ashamed when they see that you have given me comfort and help. Amen.

Declaration of Faith

I belong to God. All of me. My body belongs to the Holy Spirit. It is His temple. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.  (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, ESV) This temple that is me shall not be defiled but kept pure and holy.

My soul belongs to Jesus Christ. He paid the price for it on the cross. I am no longer condemned There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  (Romans 8:1, ESV). I now belong to Heaven. When my body dies, my soul will go to Heaven where it belongs because Jesus bought it with His blood.

My spirit belongs to the Father. then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.  (Genesis 2:7, ESV). I live because of God’s breath. My spirit is the one that can enter into the holy of holies when I pray and connect to God.

I make this declaration in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. 

  • I make this declaration whenever I feel my old life trying to resurface. Whenever Satan tries to make me feel I am not good enough for Christ, I reassert my position. That I am born again. That I am saved. I am a new creature. 

Christian… Are you ready to fight?

Some people are temptations. They would take you off the path God wants you on. Our hearts have always loved the wrong people. Pray for strength to let them go. Its time to love from the spirit. To love in spirit. Our spirit eyes see better than our physical eyes. We need to connect to our spirit selves. To see in spirit, to hear in spirit. With the Holy Spirit as our guide, the blood of Christ our protection and with the power in the name of Jesus, we could be the most powerful generation of Christians. We could influence events and move things forward.

When we live in spirit more than in flesh, our words become power. Our thoughts begin to influence what goes on around us. When we preach the word of God we begin to connect in spirit and others become born again to the kingdom of our Father Jehovàh. 

Remember whatever happens in the physical is a manifestation of what is happening in the spirit. So seek to be stronger in the spirit. Don’t preach in the physical before you have preached in the spirit. How? 

Before going to Masvingo for an outreach, first reach and connect to Masvingo in spirit. More on how to do that in following posts. Remember God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”  (John 4:24, ESV)

We need to tap into that spiritual well that makes us grow.