Now i walk free

They had me in chains

Always attacking

Never relenting

I had no strength to fight back

I was down and fading

I cried out

Lord you heard

Lord you came

And delivered me

 

And now i walk free

Surrounded by your love

The had me in chains

And i was cast down

Breathing with no air

Into a dark bottomless pit

I could not be pulled out

It had no end

Then i saw Your hand

Lord, you reached out for me

 

And now i walk free

Surrounded by your love

They had me in chains.

My Jesus came for me.

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Accommodate the kingdom of God

15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. Colossians  4 vs 15 NIV

As the apostle Paul concludes his letter to the church at Colosse, he makes a mention of a woman named Nympha in the last chapter. He says give my greetings to Nympha and the church in her house.

In the Bible, we have some silent heroes. People who were doing the work of God but really get no recognition beyond a mention. This woman Nympha earns the mention of the apostle because she had opened the doors of her house to the church. People were coming to her house to meet as a church. I find it interesting also how this woman’s name was mentioned. Had she been married, it would have been her husband’s name that Paul mentions. So this woman was probably a widow.

I want to ask us today, are we willing to accommodate the church of Christ in our lives? Are we willing to open our doors to the work of  Christ. Now here is the thing, before a house is opened, a heart has to be opened. Had Nympha’s heart not been touched the doors of her home would never have been opened.

I urge us today as the body of Christ to accommodate the work of God in our lives. Is it money that is needed to fix a leaking roof? Accommodate by contributing. Contribute your skills, your knowledge and your time to the work of God. Open the doors of your home for prayer groups to meet. Spend time cleaning the chairs or benches in church. Let your life be open to the growing of the kingdom of God.

Whatever God has blessed you with, it is sufficient for the work of His kingdom. So I want us to pray, and ask God to touch our hearts. Let us pray from the grace to accommodate the kingdom of God in our lives. Sometimes we fail to notice the need in the house of God. We fail to see lack. But let us pray for the grace, to have hearts that are willing to work for God.

Prayer

Holy Spirit touch my heart. to be able to use all that i have for the glory of my Father. Help me to open my life to the expanding and glory of my Father’s kingdom. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Further reading:Matthew 8:20

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.