WHEN YOUR PROMISED LAND IS ANOTHER PERSON’S WILDERNESS

If your life was the ground and another person’s life was the seed, would your ground give life to that other person or would it be so dry of love that it literally takes away life from the other person, killing his or her hopes, aspirations, emotional health,joy and happiness. Many people think that to be a blessing to other people you just need to give them money. However, you can be giving another person a lot of money and at the same time be killing their soul with the way you treat them. There are so many men out there in the world who lavish their wives or girlfriends with material possessions and yet torment them with unfaithfulness, mistreatment and every other physical, verbal and emotional abuse. There are so many women in the world with lives that are literally wilting for lack of healthy treatment and attention from their partners. However, this sad scenario is not one which is confined to women only. They are not the only victims. They are many instances where they are the perpetrators. When a woman who is a user has a relationship with a man who is looking for love, the man becomes the victim of her emotional abuse. The man will give his heart, because the woman will take advantage of that man’s desire for love to manipulate him into a what we may term an artificial relationship. An artificial relationship is a make-believe relationship created for the purpose of monetary gain. In it subtle signals of emotional attachment are thrown towards you just enough to make you believe a relationship exists. You only wake up to realize you were just being used when that person, without warning, suddenly walks out of your life to marry another person. You are left asking yourself, “How can a person go off to marry a stranger?” Well, you just never realized it; you were the stranger, not the other person. Your were getting yourself attached to a person who was getting attached to another person. How do you prevent such a situation from happening to you? Well, firstly, there are some signs you can pick up. One of them is when your alleged partner, if I may use that term, only seems to show affection and joy when you buy or give them something. Secondly, they are not willing to publicly acknowledge or celebrate the relationship. They expect and demand financial and material support on the basis of their rights in the relationship and yet at the time are not willing to have you claim any rights in the relationship. If you attempt to claim any rights they see it as a violation of their lives or privacy. I am not in any way saying that one should expect sexual favours in return for financial favours, though that is the way of the world and not to be done among those who are called children of God, but only that if one is truly in love with you they should have the decency to show a sincere affection that is expected of one who is in love with someone. In other words, true love finds it hard to hide its feelings for the object of its affection. You can control your body but you cannot control your love. True love is an out of control forest fire, one which fire fighters find hard to put out. True to the fact, the Bible says so. It reads in Song of Songs 8:6-7:

‘…love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a might flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.

Don’t give yourself away cheaply. Don’t give the wealth of your heart to someone who does not deserve it. Love is an asset too precious for the poor to give away carelessly and a commodity whose value the rich cannot afford to take for granted.

As difficult as it may feel at first, it is to your benefit to walk away from a user. The Lord has a better and honest person waiting for you. Do not think that when you walk away from that person you will never find another person. That is just the devil trying his best to keep you in bondage, in an abusive relationship. The relationship that God has for you is a table of goodies spread for you. Things can only get better after you walk away. You won’t be lonely for too long.

‘Look in the scroll of the LORD and read: None of these will be missing, not one will lack her mate. For it is his mouth that has giben the order, and his Spirit will gather them together'(Isaiah 34:16).

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CHARISMA IS NOT A CRIME

In the recent past, we have seen in some countries in Africa laws being passed which have become an impediment to the growth of the church in those nations. These laws, whether by intent or not, are subtle in the way they are framed. Politicians enact them because they claim to be protecting the citizenly from exploitation by dubious men of God. We now have laws in some countries which require that a pastor have a college degree before he can pastor a church. In some cases, a church cannot be registered unless they have more than 100 000 members. And here is the twist to that; you are not allowed to congregate as a small group and call yourself a church. If you do so, you risk being imprisoned. Now one wonders how a pastor is supposed to grow his church to a 100 000 without first beginning with a small group. But wait a minute, do you notice something here? There is actually a group of people who can meet that requirement. It is the old, traditional and already established churches. They already have those numbers. Unfortunately, because such churches are ‘safe’ from the jaws of such ugly laws, they raise no protests. They are not willing to raise a finger to help the little guy who is just starting out on what he believes is a God-given call to bring people to Christ. These churches also see in the ugly laws a way to save themselves from oblivion. They want to avoid the experiences of the churches in Europe, where old churches have lost so many members that they can hardly be called congregations any more. The youth no longer attend those churches and the doors are slowly closing in as the old age members die away with every passing day. Such a scenario is certainly a frightening nightmare scenario for the old traditional churches in Africa. So it is no surprise that they would support anything that seems to put a stop to the growth of new churches. But in this we see how carnality can make man blind. These churches do not realise that to attempt to stop the new churches is to attempt to stop Christ in his path of saving mankind. As Jesus Himself said in Matthew 12:30,

“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.’

In other words, if you are not helping the little churches by using your influence to protect them from those who are attempting to make laws against them, then you are as good as scattering the flock which Jesus has already gathered for Himself through those little churches. That means the first question those churches should ask is not, “How does this law affect us?” but, “How does this law affect the cause of Christ?” These old churches need to open their eyes to what is really going on. In 2 Corinthians 2:11 the apostle Paul talked about the church’s need to be aware of Satan’s schemes so as not to let him outwit her. Some among the old traditional churches have failed to realise that Church is not a club. We are not to recruit members just to add to our register and remain relevant to onlookers. Church is meant to be a hospital for the spiritually sick and a rescue mission for the victims of the devil.

‘Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter,’

Proverbs 24:11 admonishes us. You are never a good man of God or Church if you cannot see with spiritual eyes. A college degree, as good as it is, can never make up for lack of spiritual eyes. Some of the most blind theologians and preachers in this world are also the most educated. The devil can easily navigate around intellectual reasoning, but he can never understand a man or woman whose reasoning is birthed by the Spirit of God. Before such a one the enemy gets lost and does not know what move to make. But spiritual eyes are not just needed among those in traditional churches but also among the new churches. It cannot be denied that there are so many fake men of God among the new churches. They do not look out for the interests of Christ, but their own—that is, their pockets. They want to become rich and are prepared to go to extremes to achieve their aim. They defraud the unsuspecting of their money, perform fake and demonic miracles, etc. As genuine as people’s need for healing is, so should the ministry of healing itself be. It is a great evil to prey on the desperation of the sick for selfish gain. The healing ministry should be seen as an opportunity to rescue people from pain and bondage and not as an opportunity to get rich at the expense of the people in need of healing. Hence, it is only when we feel the pain that God feels when He sees the afflicted can we genuinely exercise the gift of healing. Only when the waters of compassion are aroused do rivers of healing flow. Where there is no compassion there is abuse of gifts and exploitation of people. People become tools to satisfy one’s greed. When they are done with you they throw you away like trash and move on to the next victim. In the midst of such cruel treatment, it is so easy to make the mistake of hating the gift rather than the abuser of the gift. This is the reason that some people among the old churches have gone off the rail track of signs and wonders altogether, proclaiming that anyone who has anything to do with healings and miracles is either deceived or perpetuates deception. Even the very people Christians should be looking to for healing in times of sickness and disease, bishops and overseers, have found a comfortable place in the cold room of unbelief. Their answer to the cry of the afflicted is, sadly, “If you find yourself sick, just wait for death to take you so that you can enjoy heaven.” Yes, heaven does solve the problem of pain and sickness. But when you have a life to live out on earth and do the work of God, you need a buffer against that which would prevent you from fulfilling God’s purpose for your life on earth. When Jesus was walking the earth and people cried out to Him for healing, He did not tell them to wait for heaven. He healed them. In fact, Jesus healed them against the backdrop of Clergy with the same attitude of those I am referring to. Matthew 9:35-36 tells us:

‘Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.’

Did you read that? It says they were harassed and helpless. Do you get the picture? This statement means the devil was freely tormenting them. He and his minions, the demons, where like snipers in the streets of Sarajevo shooting on the innocent people going about their business. They were laughing to each other as they were taking out the people with easy, as they had no resistance from the Clergy. Nobody among the Clergy gave a care as to the pain the people were going through. They were as comfortable as the demons who were causing the people harm. But Jesus gate-crushed their party and started taking out the demons one by one. God had sent the greatest Holy Sniper against the demonic snipers. And from that moment it ceased it ceased to be business as usual for the demons. The tables had been turned on them and they were now the ones who were harassed and helpless. That is the way it should be even now in our day. It does not benefit anyone when the Clergy present themselves as taking the high road with regards to those preachers who believe in miracles, signs and wonders but are themselves absent when the cry for healing is heard in the congregation. It is clear from the scripture above that the Jesus of the bible, whom they claim to preach, is compassionate towards the sick and diseased, unlike them. Compassion is not translated in the bible as words spoken to show concern. It has become very popular nowadays to issue statements on social media such as, ‘I am sending my prayers,’ or, ‘My prayers are with you.’ Those are more often than not just statements meant to hide the fact that we are doing nothing about the situation. The Clergy in some circles, while they attack those who pray for the sick, speak about how God is able to heal and yet raise no finger to become the conduit through which God performs the healing they talk about. They despise healing services and do not hold them. They don’t even have the decency to support those in their congregations who have the gift of healing. They wage war against such. And yet they wonder why the flock keep running off to the people they call false prophets. People will always go to a place they think they will find help. Yes, the people they run off to may even be false prophets. If you starve your children and they run off to your abusive neighbour, whose fault will it be? Listen to what the Lord says in Jeremiah 50:6-7 about where the blame lies:

“My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place. Whoever found them devoured them; their enemies said, ‘We are not guilty, for they sinned against the LORD, their true pasture, the LORD, the hope of their fathers.’

Do not become the reason a soul gets lost. Do not be selective in the way you preach or teach the gospel. Teach and preach the whole gospel, and not only those parts that you think favour you. Be among those God spoke of, when he promised people in Jeremiah 3:15:

“…I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.”

HOW TO BECOME A PERSON WHO IS CELEBRATED

I want to start this article by asking a thought provoking question. Can good news originate from the hospital? The word hospital congures up many terrifying thoughts in most minds. Themes of terrible sicknesses like cancer, aids, etc run in minds and death is a thought which is never far off from such themes. When you pass by the morgue as you visit the sick you are reminded of the terrifying end that could become of the situation. So, it may be a strange thought to believe that good news can come from the hospital. But bad experience does not always tell the whole story. The good news is that there is good news from the hospital sometimes. And that good news is almost always found in the maternity wing. There the words, “You have a beautiful son, ” or, “You have a beautiful daughter,” are first pronounced. The maternity wing is the only place in the hospital where a visit causes one’s heart to erupt with joy, more so for the father who is seeing his baby for the first time(especially if it is his first born). But the joy at the beginning of a life at the hospital is not always an enduring one in the lives of those who witness the beginning of that life and in the lives of the countless others who would be affected by it in the years to come. When people who would bring peace and joy to many are being born there are also those who would cause much pain and anguish to others being born. When Hitler was born, his mother and many who knew her rejoiced, not knowing that decades later he would become the source of great pain and misery for a lot of Jewish people and many more other people. Likewise, there have been many people whose birth was a source of joy for family and friends but marked the coming into the earth of a soul which would bring much anguish and misery to the world. Mass murderers, serial killers, robbers, gender violence perpetrators, child molesters, etc all have their births marked by joy and happiness. Even the birth of Judas Iscariot, the man who betrayed the Son of God, brought joy and happiness to his parents, family and their friends. But Jesus would later say about him, ¨It would be better for him if he had not been born¨(Mark 14:21). Some people are so evil that their death is a source of joy and relief for those who are left behind. They share the fate of the devil. In speaking about the day when he is finally chained in hell in the millenium period, the bible declares in Isaiah 14:5-7:

´The LORD has broken the rod of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers, which in anger struck down peoples with unceasing blows, and in fury subdued nations with relentless aggression. All the lands are at rest and at peace; they break into singing.´

Interestly, there was a time in the world’s history which marked the birth of a child that would grow up to impact all the lands of the earth with such rest and peace that the angels broke into singing at his birth. The name of that child is Jesus: Of His birth, the bible tells us,

´Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ¨Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests¨´(Matthew 2:13-14).

In the year that Jesus was born there was also born, some months earlier, another child of whom the angelic host also rejoiced. He was the forerunner to the Son of God and was born to introduce Him to the world. That child´s name was John. He was born to a woman named Elizabeth, who had been barren for most of her married life. He was a miracle child, one whom nobody expected. And that miracle was initiated when God sent an angel with a promise to Zechariah the Priest, Elizabeth´s husband. Luke 1:11-17 tells us:

´…an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous-to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”´

Let me pick out a few points from the above scripture which are very important concerning what we are talking about. We are told that John was not to be a person who takes alcohol. Alcohol or substance abuse has been a source of much pain and misery for many a parent. They hopelessly watch their child become alcoholic or addicted to drugs and go through the pain of watching the violent behaviour of that child. Everyday they live in fear of someone or the police knocking on their door to announce to them that their child has done someone some great harm or has done himself or herself harm. The life of a parent with an alcoholic or drug addicted child is not an easy or happy one. Proverbs 17:21 & 25 tell us:

´To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool. A foolish son brings grief to this father and bitterness to the one who bore him´

It is sad when your lifestyle is a source of pain for those who love you. Sometimes that person who loves you but to whom you inflict pain because of your behaviour is your spouse. You get drunk and come home to abuse her physically and verbally. And yet at the same time you expect to receive love from such a person. It is like watering a fruit tree with acid and expecting to harvest fruit from it. How can you expect good fruit from a tree you are killing? You complain that your partner no longer loves you but forget to ask yourself why. A person can only take so much abuse before they have had enough of you. So, if you want people to value and appreciate you, you have to give them a good reason to. You have to become a well from which they are able to draw joy and peace. The bible says in the scripture I mentioned above that John was going to be a joy and delight to his parents and to multitudes more. How do you become like John was? Well, you first have to stop your bad habits. However, you may be saying that you have tried many times and you are always failing. Well, this is where the power of God comes in. You have to let God help you by relying on His strength and not on your own. And acquiring strength from God begins with accepting Jesus Christ as your personal saviour. As Isaiah:12:2-3 says:

‘Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.’

So, now is the time to accept Jesus as your personal Saviour. Ask Him into heart right now.

WHEN COMMON SENSE IS NOT COMMON

I find it a blatant betrayal of logic and common sense when life is built on the notion of ‘bad things happen to good people.’ True, even good people face challenges sometimes. However, even in such situations they come out on top. For, as Romans:8:28 says,

‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’

In other words, God is more than capable of milking goodness out of the pain you may be going through. That means the devil disadvantages himself every time he attacks you. He will not harvest the fruit that He expected from the pain he has sown in your life. Instead, it will be God who will turn the bitter seed into sweet fruit for you. If you are genuinely a good person, one who obeys the word of the Lord, every attack you experience by the hand of the enemy will create for you a stepping stone to a greater level of life in God. That is what Psalm 91:15 means when it quotes the Lord declaring to the person who loves Him,

“He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”

The Lord honours you with promotion into another level of spirituality every time you come out of a battle raised up against you by the enemy. You will gain a better understanding of the enemy’s tricks and how to overcome him and his tricks. This, in itself, will acquire for your life more peace and joy. Have you not read the words in Psalm 23:5-6?

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever,”

David says in this Psalm. In other words, the Lord is bent on bringing and doing good to those whose life is built in Him. This is because He is by nature a good God.

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him,”

Psalm 34:8 challenges us. The goodness of the Lord has another defination. It is also called His justice. God shows His goodness by giving each person what he or she deserves. The prophet Isaiah so beautifully illustrates this justice when he echoes the voice of the Lord and writes in Isaiah 3:10-11,

“Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done.”

For some reason it seems easier to believe in bad things happening to a person than it is to believe in good things happening to a person. But the above scripture is telling us that the same God who punishes bad behaviour also rewards good behaviour. Should we really expect anything less than that? If one of the description of a divine being is that he should be just, why do we think otherwise when it comes to the practical application of what his works should be defined by? Should we think of God only as one who is very quick to use his hand to slap you and very unwilling to use it to hand you a lolipop(to use a childlike anology). Does not Psalm 104:27-28 tell us of the Lord’

‘These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.’

If God is so good, why does it seem as if He is not so willing to hand out good things to those who ask Him? The problem lies in what I might term ‘Testimonies of contradiction.’ What do I mean by that? Well, sad to say, many people–which includes a lot of Christians–are sealed empty baskets. In other words, they are good at claiming the good things of the word of God but relactant to do what the word of God requires of them to do in order to get those things. An example is a man or woman who desires from the Lord a good marriage partner and yet is busy sleeping around or moving about with other people’s husbands, wives, boyfriends or girlfriends. Many people invoke scriptures on blessings on themselves and yet live in contradiction to what those scriptures require of them in order to be fulfilled. This is called self-deception. Interestingly, one of the favourite scriptures of those who are deceived in this way is Proverbs 12:14. This scripture tells us,

‘From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.’

To those who are self-deceived this scripture is interpreted to mean that what matters is the confession you make and not the way you live your life. True,confession is important to faith. As the apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:13

´It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak.´

But Deuteromy 29:18-19 tells us that true confession can never be divorced from devotion to God. That is what Psalm 37:4 means when it says,

´Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.´

To delight yourself in the Lord is to find joy in obeying His word. It is to live the life of the man in Psalm 1:1-3. This scripture tells us:

´Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.´

But what is this counsel of the wicked for which this scripture shows disdain? Well, it the deception of which we are talking about. The belief that you can get good things from God without having to adhere to the demands of His word. This is what the wicked believe and this is what they tell others to believe also. And in these last days they have gathered up teachers with like minds to teach them many ways of how they can live their lives using this counsel. The day has come upon us which the apostle Paul spoke of when he said in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 that there would come a day when people would not put up with the truth but will instead gather up men to teach them what they want to hear and not what they ought to hear. These customized preachers have become a very big problem in the church. There are leading many astray with their deceitful version of the word of God. And multitudes are following them into this deception. The people who follow them even present themselves as better Christians than other people. Yet their way is a perous one. Its end is disasterous. Psalm 1:6 sums up the outcome of the way they have chosen to walk in when it declares:

´ For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.´

Do not become a victim of this perous way they have chosen to walk in. Trust in the Lord´s way. Obey His word and it will do wonders for you.

SAYING BYE TO YOUR EX

[Isaiah:43.18-18]
“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? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

One of the reasons people fell to move on in life is because they fell to handle rejection. They do not realise that sometimes it is God’s will for a person to reject you. I know that that statement sounds kind of harsh, but it is true nonetheless. You see, sometimes people blindly cling on to people who will do them harm in the future. So God, in His loving-kindness, will do something that one may consider painful to separate the couple, because He knows the terrible future that awaits the relationship. Rejection is only painful when you are unaware of the godly reason for it. When you come to realise the reason why it happened you will be joyous and thankful to God for it. As the apostle Paul alludes to in 2 Corinthians 7:10, godly sorrow brings good in the end. That good thing that godly sorrow brings is a painless and peaceful future and partner. As the Psalmist testifies of the Lord in Psalm 31:19, “How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.” Therefore, it is wiser to let go of relationships that have no future, so that God may reveal a relationship that has a good future for you. May you be brave enough to let go of unfruitful relationships and spiritual enough to realise one that has a fruitful future for you. You have to realise that sometimes not realising that the the person standing right in front of you holds a fruitful future for you is a sign of a curse hovering over your life. The bible says in Jeremiah 17:6 that when a person has a curse on their life their eyes will not see the good things that the Lord has prepared for them. The previous verse gives us one of the reasons people blind themselves to the good things of God. It says people invite a curse on their lives when they operate in the flesh. In other words, when your perspective on life is driven by worldly perceptions you will never see what God has planned for your life. The wold has it’s own ways of looking at things and it judges things as good based on those perceptions. And in 1 Samuel 16:6-7 God shows us how the world judges the goodness of something or someone and how He does. Here we see how the prophet Samuel was impressed by the appearance of Eliab when God sent him to anoint a king among Jesse’s sons. However, God would not be fooled by mere appearances. We read, ‘When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.”
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”‘Men judge the goodness and suitability of a person by whether or not they have wealth, mansions, car, beautiful face, curvy body, etc. When you look at life the way man looks at it, you will miss the will and good things of God, but when you look at life the way God looks at it you will never miss a single thing He has stored up for you. What if the woman who will bring great joy to your life does not have the great hips you are after but has an amazing heart? What if the man who will be faithful to you all the days of your marriage is not wealthy? What would you rather have? A marriage full of material wealth and impoverished of the virtues that attract the peace and favour of God or one full peace and joy. I urge you to choose God’s way of looking at things. As Romans 12:2 declares: ‘Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will.’ Let your mind be set on the things of God and not on the things of men. Stop thinking like man and start thinking like God.
‘”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”‘(Isaiah 55:8-9).
After declaring this statement above the Lord goes on to declare in Isaiah 55:10-11 that his promises and purposes over your life are appointed for a day of fulfillment. Don’t make the mistake of looking at verses 8-9 and 10-11 in isolation. They are inseparable from each other. Together they reveal truth that cannot be challenged. This truth is that God will only honour promises and purposes that are borne out of His thoughts and His ways. Don’t expect showers of blessing to be poured on what you obtain by the ways men. It is a terrible thing to live without the presence and help of God in your marriage. But such a thing will and does happen when a person rejects a person sent by God and accepts one not sent by God. God will never support a marriage He did initiate. He cannot be the Omega if He is not allowed to be the Alpha. But this is what Jesus says in Matthew 19:6 concerning that which He is the Alpha of
“…what God has joined together, let not man separate.” That statement is not just mere words. It is a threat from against anyone who would dare to separate a couple brought together by God. If you oppose such a relationship you are, in effect, opposing God. And one cannot oppose God and expect to win or go unharmed. God will fight and reveal anyone who tries to break a relationship started by Him. But he will never lift a finger to defend a relationship which is not borne out of His will, no matter what man of God or prophet the person involved in the situation consults. It will be as He told Jeremiah concerning the rebellious Israelites in his time. “Do not pray for the well-being of this people.
Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them…”(Jeremiah 14:11-12). Anything you start on your own has no security, but anything God starts for you is secure in Him. You will not have to break a sweat to defend what God started for you. ‘For the battle is not yours, but God’s'(2 Chronicles 20:15).
All this shows the level of security a relationship started by God has. You can only be wise if you choose what He has prepared for you. Let God’s choice be your choice so that Isaiah 32:17-18 may be fulfilled in your life. It reads: ‘The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.’

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REDEEMING YOUR TIME https://www.amazon.com/Redeeming-Your-Time-Walk-Destiny/dp/1496053478

DON’T TAKE OFF THE COAT OF GLORY

[John:1.45-51]
Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote– Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.
When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.”
“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.”
He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

You cannot reinvent what God finds glory in. When you do so, you strip it of God’s glory and honour. In other words, no matter what people do or say against you, do not let go of the way of life which you have established for yourself in God. Keep on believing in love and love people. Don’t let the pain people inflict on you with their words or actions strip you of love. Don’t hate or be vengeful of anyone. Don’t hold any grudges. Walk away from situations that bring pain and shame but make sure you do so without taking bitterness with you, for it will spoil your spirit. Walk away with dignity and a good name, so that no-one will ever be justified to say you are a bad man or woman. Always remember that the devil will always attempt to put you in situations where he wants to spoil your spirit with the poison of bitterness, hatred, shame and vengefulness. His aim to strip you of God’s glory and honour. If he can’t lure you into shame, he will try to force your life into situations that bring shame on you. So, be watchful and prayerful. And continue spending time in the word so that God’s glory and honour on your life may grow more. For when you find delight in the word you will live the word. The word will make you grow in godly wisdom. You will know what to do in situations you encounter in life and will avoid shameful situations. There is glory in having the wisdom of God in your life.

[1 Samuel:12.3-5]
‘Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the LORD and his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these, I will make it right.”
“You have not cheated or oppressed us,” they replied. “You have not taken anything from anyone’s hand.”
Samuel said to them, “The LORD is witness against you, and also his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.” “He is witness,” they said.’