You do not lose anything by doing good. On the other hand, you gain everything.
True believers come to understand that we as humans have many plans but what prevails is the purpose of the Lord ( Rd Prov 19:21). Many times we wonder why we haven`t yet received answers to our prayers. Some times certain peoples` relationship with God is negatively affected by prevailing circumstances; where by their love for God is conditional, depending on their acquisition of material things. Our life on earth is so limited that if you are really a believer, you cannot trade eternal happiness with momentary enjoyment. The Bible urges us to set our minds on things above rather than earthly things (Colossians 3:2). With this knowledge you will not be affected by the negative attributes of comparing oneself to others such as jealousy, covetousness and so on.
I hope and pray that all of you are enjoying your new year. A moment ago while I was meditating, I had a sudden thought which was like a curtain being taken away from my face. What came to my mind is not new but it`s a different way of thinking from the world`s – that’s why am calling it the other perspective. Many people struggle with unforgiveness. We`ve heard many sermons about forgiveness which is the focus of today`s other perspective. Sometimes we even think that we`ve already forgiven someone, only discovering later that we have never done so, when a certain situation in relation to that person presents it self.
Am using the word curtain figuratively to mean what the devil does to people`s minds and lives. Many people have not yet managed to tear that curtain in front of them to have a chance of looking back at their lives and see the truth. It`s so relieving to see the truth but the enemy doesn`t want us to. Unforgiveness hurts you more than it does the unforgiven person. The peace that follows true forgiveness is so good that its difficult to describe; it`s better to experience it your self. 2 Corinthians 4:4 talks about the god of this age blinding the minds of unbelievers so that they can`t see the light of the gospel displaying Christ`s glory ( Please look up this vs and read on). When that curtain is removed or torn you will see the truth. One way to achieve this is through prayer and fasting and seeking God with a sincere heart.
Mathew 6:14 conveys a message implying that if one forgives other people, he or she will also be forgiven by God. But if they don`t forgive others, they will also not be forgiven. Forgiveness removes the torment of unforgiveness and brings about true happiness. Just go for it and you will experience what I am talking about.
When you feel like exhausted and wanting to give up, just know that your turn is coming.
When you see friends seemingly happy but you have alot of misery, don`t despair, just know your turn is coming.
When the pain, whether emotional or physical becomes unbearable; please don`t give up , your turn is coming.
When nothing you do seems to yield fruit; continue with diligence knowing your turn is coming.
When you feel like your prayer is taking long to be answered, remember Luke 18:7, God will not keep putting off His chosen ones who cry out to Him day and night.
Years back at a friend`s wedding, one of the speakers said that whats important in marriage is not how compatible spouses are , but how they handle the differences between them. Many young christians rightfully spend long periods of time in courtship in order to learn each other. Many have been told that it helps to know the character of the person you are marrying, which is true. Much as this is important, after marriage many are surprised by how much they don`t know of the other person despite the long period of courtship. This is when compromise comes into play.
The willingness to give up some one`s happiness for the sake of the spouse or the relationship requires grace from God. Co existence between two individuals is only possible with agreement and this requires compromise. Amos 3:3 asks whether two can walk together unless they agree. Despite both being born again christians, spouses usually come from different upbringings, professions, tribes , cultures, etc all of which shape people differently. It`s good to understand that what tastes good to you may not be liked by your husband or the fact that your mum is a good story-teller doesn’t mean all women can tell stories…etc. Compromise makes marriages last ..till death separates the husband from the wife.
Our daughter, who has not yet made 2 years, is steadily broadening her vocabulary. She was not born in Africa and for some reason we will start teaching her our native language from the age of 3 years onwards; currently she speaks Englsih only. I know some of you may not agree with us but thats the decision we have made as her parents.
While on a trip outside my province, I decided to skype with my family in the evening and my daughter kept on saying a tta. She had never said this before and it was cleary different from the common prelinguistic utterance of tata or thatha that infants make. This was clearly a new word in her vocabulalry that even the mother noted. It didn`t bother me at first but she repeated it many times even after trying to distract her with some other conversation. a tta, a tta, a tta… she went on. This trip was rough both by road and in the air. Winds gave us a rough landing on one of the airports on my way to Ontario. I prayed many times for a safe journey for us and other people flying and also thanked God several times for safe travelling during the trip. A tta means he kills or she kills in our native African langauge, a language that my daughter doesn`t know how to speak. I kept on wondering why my daughter keeps on reminding me that this person kills. It made me feel uncomfortable given that I still had some flights to take. Was it my last day? As we flew back , the travel was rough again and that is when I remebered the verse John 10:10. Although the thief comes to kill and destroy, Jesus came that we may have life in its fullness. I believe the anxiety I got from my daughter`s words made me pray even more, perhaps I would not have prayed as much as I did. I continued to see God at work when I was driving from the airport. On my way, there was a sharp corner which was very slippery. I tried to slow down but the car kept on skidding in a scary manner but eventually it stopped. This caused anxiety, but with the mercy of our Lord, I arrived safely home.
This is a continuation of my previous post:
…peace returned . Travelling thousands of kilometres something laid outside a house , as if waiting to devour. My spirit prayed for them; I continue to pray for them. Earlier on, it had been dismantled into many tiny flakes. Then immediately I was in a tunnel like structure with a round dim light at the end, first yellow, then whitish as if an exit so far away. At some point during my meditation I fell asleep- the sound from my computer woke me up, I had to be meditating and not sleeping. I continued in spirit to see three figures but the third wasn`t easily seen; at first moving and then later surrounded by a yellow – white, purplish… signified protection and this seemed to come from our Lord. On opening my eyes after meditation and all the encounter, the account I had prepared to read was Psalm 118: 24 – 29. It talks about God making His light shine on us, adding on later that his love endures forever. It mentions much more, please read it.
Approximately 15 mins later I read a random message – I can`t recall the source , but I know it was a message I randomly chose . The message was an affirmation of what I had just encountered. It said that God determines the proper time and method of communicating to us . The message also mentioned that encounters may occur as a direct word from God, a dream, vision or revelation. Sometimes the messengers of such are angels. But whatever means through which they manifest, they are from God. For your information I had not known the content of this message before reading it and before my encounter.