About ivanjosh

Life is like an adventure with many surprises, some of them exciting while others hurting. As we navigate the many unique paths in our journey on earth , each one of us desires that the best of events comes along . Unfortunately as most of us have discovered, this isn’t always the case . As we grow up we learn that co existing with fellow human beings and the rest of nature can only be enjoyable if we play our part of being loving, peaceful, helpful , content and patient . In doing so , we always hope that the rest will do the same though still this is not always the case. How we handle those who don`t is what makes us different from others. Ivan has grown up in many different ecological niches.A husband and a father, Ivan spent most of his life in Africa. The transition to North America has given him a different taste of climate, culture, friends and many more. One fact remains, the world is a beautiful place; God made it perfect for us to live in. As a Christian , Ivan shares his view of how to appreciate,celebrate and utilize the variety of pleasant experiences we encounter in life and how to handle the many complex real life challenges we face. As we read , we have the liberty to contribute through comments to the extent we fill comfortable.

At the moment…do you feel like giving up?

At the moment, are you experiencing this ?

You may be at the verge of a marriage break down. Perhaps you and your husband or wife have failed to reconcile on a trivial issue. None of you wants to make the first move towards the other, because it will be perceived as a sign of weakness. Or it may be a far extreme situation. Your husband of 25 yrs has been sleeping with a coworker and you have just found out. Divorce seems inevitable.

You may have received news that after 8 yrs of being in remission, your breast cancer seems to be coming back. You are waiting for imaging results that your doctor ordered. You do not know what news to expect.

This day appears to be the last day of  your family living in your house. Last month you filed for bankruptcy and have just received a letter that you must leave the house you have  called home for the past 15 yrs. You are wondering how you are going to break this news to your 12 yr old son and 8 yr old daughter.

Or it could be that there seems to be no matching donor yet for your liver transplant. You have been waiting for so long and it does not appear like you are going to live any much longer as you wait.

Or perhaps you have just received news that your entire family has just been involved in a car crash. There has been no survivor. You have been preparing for your 10th wedding anniversary.

At 59 yrs your only child, a 30 yr old son has just succumbed to multi organ failure after a battle with sepsis. You are very stressed by this news and wondering why you have to see your son die and not vice versa.

Or perhaps you have just lost an appeal concerning a murder charge that you did not commit. The only alibi you have is your 9 yr old German Shepherd. The allegation attracts a capital punishment in your country and you have lost hope.

You have been running your business for 10 months now and for 10 straight months , you’ve not made a single profit. In fact you’ve been making losses month after month. You have staff to pay and other expenses to cater for. You are wondering if it was a good choice of business.

I do not have the best words to comfort you but I know our God and His son Jesus care. They know everything we go through and they are compassionate. Please don’t give up. Trust in Jesus and His love. According to 1 Peter 5:10, the God of all grace will restore you after the suffering and make you firm, strong and steadfast.













Is the end of the world near ?

In the night leading to Oct 31, I had an interesting dream. In this dream, I found myself floating in space. I could see many  space objects which could have included stars, planets and perhaps other bodies.  Despite the fact that the setting of the dream was during day time, I could still clearly see the space objects and was able to make out their colors and shapes. This is in contrast to what we are used to in usual life, only able to see stars at night.  One of the objects stood out with a different color from the others. It was red.

Just after I saw the red colored body, information came to me that it was about to let go of its stabilizing influence over the other objects. This meant that they would fall from the sky with an implication of the end of the existing state of affairs. Quickly, it occurred to me that this was to happen soon. Communication in such situations is not the same as our ordinary communication. One gets information that is certain but presented in an unusual way. Some times the way information is communicated is difficult to explain.

It does not appear like we have a long time before the end of the world. We need to repent and be ready for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.


In the year of our Lord Jesus Christ

What is the date today?  All of us will chorus 25th  Dec, 2018. Every time we say 2018, we are referring to 2018 years from the birth of Jesus Christ. Our current knowledge of world history dates back to events that happened so many years ago. These events are generally accepted as truth. For those of you familiar with the historians` lingo, you are aware that historians will refer to “an event that happened as recent as 5000 years ago”. Yet skeptics will deny the existence of the very well recorded and accurate history of events that occurred  as recent as 2000 years ago.

The birth of our Lord Jesus is a true historical event. His redemption and salvation of human kind is real and His work and presence in our lives is on going. We give Him the glory.

Divine encounter

According to Romans 1:20, God`s invisible qualities have been clearly seen and are understood from what has been made so that we are without excuse.

Despite the above fact, many choose not to believe in God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Many skeptics will do whatever it takes to deny the existence of God and many go a long way to ridicule believers.

I hope this post will touch people`s lives and bring many to salvation. Share freely and widely to many others. Many people have died without salvation because of the denial of the existence of God despite the present evidence. Since creation, God has provided us with too much information about Himself and even to this day, miracles are happening but people still deny the divine nature of God and the Lordship of Jesus. Jesus is divine. He died for our sins so that we receive salvation. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and savior and my life has been totally changed positively because of that.

My divine encounter begun as a dream and continued in the physical state when I woke up. Before I continue,I would like to let you know that I gain nothing from telling you lies. Any  skeptic who will tell you that what am writing is not true should know that I have no interest in telling you a lie. I don`t benefit anything by giving you false information.

The encounter occurred when I was 11 years old. It was a certain day in November. While I was sleeping, I dreamed that I arrived in heaven and found people worshiping God. I joined them. It was a joyous moment as we worshiped God.  Our focus was on God. I don’t remember the circumstances that immediately preceded my arrival in heaven.

My next encounter in heaven was a show.  The show was about what happened after Jesus arrived in heaven from earth after His earthly ministry.  I have no intention of casting doubt on any other person`s heavenly dream or other encounter. What I remember in the show is that Jesus was evidently filled with joy on arrival in heaven. My thoughts are that he was excited about his accomplishments on earth.  The accomplishments of salvation to human kind. I don’t remember what happened next during my stay in heaven, or if I stayed any longer in heaven. What I recall next was me awake in my bed on earth. The dream had ended.

I woke up with my head covered by a blanket, my blanket. At this moment , I was fully awake. I know when am fully awake. If I was not awake then, that would mean am dreaming right now while typing this post and it also means my entire day today I’ve been dreaming since the time I woke up in the morning. It would also mean my entire life is actually a dream.  I am emphasizing being awake to counter the skeptics who might want to say that what am going to write next was a continuation of my dream.

When I woke up,  my head was covered in my blanket. As I uncovered my head, I saw a white surface in front of me. I wondered if some one had poured a white substance on the floor a few feet away from my bed. As I opened the blanket further to gain better visibility, I realized that what I thought to be a horizontally oriented white surface was actually vertical and I was only seeing the lower portion. I then noticed that it was a white robe.  On realizing that it was a white robe in front of me, I got frightened. Because of fear , I chose to open the blanket slowly rather than suddenly throwing it away from me.  By opening slowly, I allowed my self to see small incremental portions rather than have an entire view all at once. To this day, I wonder why I did not throw off the entire blanket at  once. My usual response to my self is that I would probably be over come with fear. Whatever would happen I don`t know.

As I opened the blanket further, I clearly saw that in front of me was some one donning a white robe. The robe was very white. My estimation is that the person was not more than three meters away from me. The person had spread his ( at this moment allow me to use this pronoun to represent the person I was seeing )  hands away from his body. He stood still with both hands spread.  The robe was extending to the fore arms. I cant recall if it was reaching the wrists or the hands.  I then remembered that I had a dream about heaven before waking up.  I connected the dream to the vision. This increased fear in me. I was not prepared for what was happening. I started wondering what to do for me to get out of this situation. When I realized that in front of me was a person, I was not ready to see more. I did not open the blanket further to see the face. The person stayed there for sometime. I would cover my self and then open the blanket again. The person was still standing in front of me.

I don`t know why this happened. I have tried to recall if there was a special occasion immediately before or after the day of my vision but I do not remember one. What I remember though is that I gave my life to Christ at a young age. It was around that age that I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior ( I got born again ) . I cant recall with absolute certainity that I got born again at 11 years, but if not at that age, then it was not so long before or after that.

I remember telling my immediate relatives about this encounter when every body woke up. Its my mum I told first, before telling my other relatives. Later, I told a few friends. I did not tell many people because  I thought they would not believe me. So for the most part I kept it to my self. But along the way, I discover that many people don`t believe in the existence of God. I also know that some people who initially believed choose to stop believing. There are many reasons for this, but for some , its because they suddenly start doubting the existence of God. I am not suggesting that we should only believe after having a vision. God communicates to us mainly through his word, the Bible. And as I mentioned earlier, God`s invisible qualities have been clearly seen and are understood from what has been made so that we are without excuse ( Romans 1:20 ). This has been so since the creation of the world ( Romans 1:20 ). The reason for my post is the hope that some person(s) life might be touched and changed. I hope that some one/ people reading this will receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior or they will re commit their lives to Christ and the salvation He brought us. Visions are spoken about in the Bible. Joel 2: 28 says “…your young men will see visions.” Several other scriptures also talk about visions. In Acts 9:10, the Bible talks about the Lord calling Ananias in a vision. Vs 12 of the same chapter talks about Saul seeing Ananias in a vision, placing his hands on him to restore his ( Saul`s ) sight.

Do not worry about authenticating what  I have written. I have no reason to lie. I am not seeking for publicity. If I was seeking for attention , there are better avenues of me doing so than posting here.

On realizing that the person remained standing in front of me, I decided to spring out of my bed. I run to my mum shouting and waking her up. She woke up but the person in the white robe was not there any more. I then recounted what happened to her.  I think the reason for my fear was because I was not prepared for this. I am not giving an excuse for the fear, I wish I did not and I don`t think it was right for me to do so.

May God bless you all, in Jesus` name.



Just imagine…

If everyone would say the truth

If everyone forgave easily

If everyone loved unconditionally

If everyone said “thank you”

If everyone smiled at a stranger

If everyone helped those in need

If everyone said “sorry”

If everyone did not cheat on their spouse

If everyone did not discriminate

If everyone read 1 Corinthians 13:13