Hope in God does NOT disappoint

Kate speaks, Friday 8th Nov 2019

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. KJV

Disappointments of life

We have been disappointed many times. We expected this but it didn’t happen. Unmet expectations in life. From self… By now you thought you would have done that project… You thought you would be far in a goal you had set for yourself… but here you are still revolving… Discouraged and Disappointed. That situation caught you unprepared. Discouragement came in uninvited. You are losing hope daily
You expected those friends to do this for you but they didn’t even try or show up. You felt let down and still thinking about it. Your spouse, your child, your sisters, brothers, parents, and people around you have disappointed us in many ways…
Sometimes you feel helpless, and despair, like quitting … But is that all? Some are disappointed with God for various reasons… Disappointment hurts deeply…

How do you know you are disappointed?

1. Lose of interest in prayer, and when you happen to pray you just weep and tell God if it is His will to heal, bless or do this or that. You are no longer sure of God’s will
2. Lose of genuine interest in people and life. You want to cut off from loved ones. Sometimes you feel like running away and staying hidden to avoid people who know you or who have hurt you. Sometimes you don’t want to help people because you feel they let you down.
3. You develop interest in and venture in something else to compensate for the disappointment. Could be over eating, gossip or just a habit that sooths you temporarily
4. Your talks are full of negativity… No hope in God. You see only the negative in everything
5. You stop seeing anything good that has been done in the past. You are ungrateful both to God and to people that you feel hurt you.
6. Bitterness. Unforgiveness.
7. Headaches, fatigue, and stress, depression
8. Absent mindedness.
9. Some people become vulgar and rude in their talk. They become defensive. always fighting back even those who love them genuinely
10. Suicidal thoughts

How to Come out of this hole of disappointment and discouragement

1. Psalm 42:5-11 recognise where you are in your emotions and life. Are you joyful in the Spirit? The psalmist realized he was cast down. His spirit was low. He felt low. He is asking his soul “why are you cast down oh my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope you in God, for I shall yet praise Him”… You have to realize and decide you cannot live in a hole of despair and discouragement. Tell yourself to rise up and praise God…
2. Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you knowest not. Call unto God.. He is waiting for you to call unto Him. He will answer you and show you Mighty things that you know not. Psalm 61:1-2 Call unto Him from where you are… He will lead you to The Rock that is higher than you… Jesus Christ is the Rock… Immovable, unshakable… What can shake you while standing on the Rock of Ages? Not sickness. No situation, Not anything in this world, not even in the world to come. Hallelujah
3. Proclaim God as your only help and salvation. Psalm 62:1-2 Truly my soul waiteth upon God, from Him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence: I shall not be greatly moved.
4. Shift back to the place of Ephesians 1 where you are blessed with all spiritual blessing in the heavenlies with Christ. Realise you have an inheritance in Christ, a destiny predestined in God before time. Arise and start walking in it… Leave the seat of pity party. You leave the place of discouragement and get back to your place in God. He got you my friend
5. Go to the place of meditating on God’s word. Feed on it day and night. Psalm 1:2. Feed your spirit man daily and more than you feed your body! Eat spiritual food. You can listen to sermons. Feed and let your spiritual man build muscle and storage for future. A strong foundation is built on God’s word my friend. If you don’t make your foundation strong then when floods and storms come you will be shaken. Work at building daily. Eat the word daily. Fellowship with the Holy Spirit daily.
6. Praise God… The Psalms are full of praise declarations that you can actually pray aloud and sing to God. You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, you are a peculiar people: that you should show forth the praises of Him who called you out of darkness to His marvellous light. 1 Peter 2:9. Praise God through the pain. Testify of His goodness to you my friend. Look back at what He has done for you in the past. Praise Him the more. Talk about it. Testify of His love for you
7. Pray. Lay it at the feet of Jesus. Open your heart before Him and tell Him everything. Lay all your cares at His feet and don’t pick them up as you finish prayer. It’s settled. Cast all your cares unto Jesus, for He cares for you. Hebrews 12:1 put aside every weight and sin that easily besets you from following after Christ. Weight could be unforgiveness, anger, bitterness, ungratefulness, and any thing that bars you from having a real walk with Christ in your life. Lay aside every sin that makes you stumble and leave the path of glory.
8. Take upon yourself the yoke of Christ and His burden. Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all your that Labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Amen.

Declarations:

• I can do all things through Christ who Strengthens me Philippians 4:13
• The one in me is greater than the one in the world 1 John 4:4
• There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. Romans 8:1
• Christ in me the hope of glory Colossians 1:27
• If Christ be for me, who can be against me? Romans 8: 31
• For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate me from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus my Lord. Romans 8:38 & 39
• In all these things i am more than a conqueror through Him that loved me. Romans 8:37

Amen.

WHO HAVE YOU GIVEN YOURSELF TO

Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.

For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. (KJV) 2 Cor 8:1-5

 

WHO HAVE YOU GIVEN YOURSELF FIRST TO?

Bible records that the Macedonian churches had given themselves first to God, then to the apostles more than they had imagined.

Most of us the today Christians have given ourselves first to social media, others it’s to soap operas and T.V programmes that do not benefit the soul or even the spirit at all.

Others have given themselves to seeking the world and its things

The pursuit of money and more money, the pursuit of a good life, property and many such things.

What is most important in your life? Your phone, your relationships with people or your wealth? Is it your God? You will know what is most important to you by the amount of time you give each activity in your life.

What are your thoughts all about? Are they about acquiring more wealth, gathering more friends, travelling the world more or getting that new dream job, car or house?

We have become carnal Christians, trying to live a holy life on Sundays, trying to please God with our giving and support of supposed Christian ministries, while our hearts know the truth of their real conditions. We have become void of God, empty and desperate for God, unfruitful and lacking in Christ like fruit in our day and in this generation.

We have gone to sleep, and the world is wallowing in darkness because the light of the world is asleep. Her who is called to be the light of the world has conformed herself to the pursuit of the worldly things, and has in the process dimmed her light and her salt has lost its savour.

The world today is in a total mess, with the youth taken to drugs, music coming forth from the sons of men becoming more cold and lifeless, a generation that does not know God and neither seeks to know Him. We have become a generation that is given to wine, and the fine things of this world, seeking to match what the world is giving and we call it the times.

Brethren our candles have gone off, others have been hid under the beds, and no light can shine forth. Our salt has lost its savour, and we have become good for nothing, having a form of godliness but denying its power.

The bride of Christ is wearing tattered clothes instead of a wedding gown, and the world is perishing in all sorts of evil. She has no more light, no more taste, and looks like a sheep without a shepherd. She is neglected, and crying out to God to rescue her from the mud.

It’s time brethren that we turn our hearts to truly worship the Lord in truth and spirit, have our garments washed in the blood of the Lamb of God who was slain, and keep them clean no matter the cost. Its time brethren to wake from our slumber and repent of our evil ways, coldness and laziness in following the Lord, and keep watch and wait for our Saviour.  It’s time we arose from the dust and cried out to the Saviour of our souls to redeem us from this wicked and evil generation, and pour out His grace that was on the Macedonian churches that we may fully give ourselves to Him and Him alone.

Bible commands us to meditate on the word of God day and night. Giving ourselves first to God, then to whatever else life requires us to.

Brethren it’s time to let go of the programmes that consume all our bible reading times, and get on our knees and seek the Lord, and meditate on His word. It’s time to let go of all distractions, habits and activities that deprive us of time with God, and seek to become who God predestined us to be in this generation.

We have tainted the name of Christ for too long. It’s time we stood to be counted for Christ and as His followers. Brethren it’s time to stand for Christ in private and in public. When Christ comes on earth, shall He find faith in the earth (Luke 18:8) KJV

The three Hebrew boys gave themselves first to God, then to their work. Even though they were working for a foreign people who didn’t know the true God, they stood their ground and were not shaken at all in their faith. They gave themselves first to their God and no wonder they excelled in all they did, promotion and excellence being normal part of their daily lives.

The bible has many records of men and women who gave themselves first to God then to their duties in life, and the end of their lives all we see is victory and more victory. But for those who gave themselves over to wickedness ended up in destruction.

Jesus gave us a good example by giving himself first to God then to His earthly parents. He dedicated himself to doing God’s will to the later. Even in His weakest point He declared not his will but his Father’s will be done.

Most of us give up at the times of trouble and weaknesses. Instead of committing our troubles to Him who overcame the world, we quickly give up and go back to using our own strengths in achieving results for issues in life.

We worry because we haven’t trusted God enough as our sure foundation in all things. We strife and struggle and lack. We have committed ourselves to things and people, instead of casting all to God and choosing our commitments well. We haven’t set our affections on things above but our affections have become on things below, and as such we get defeated every time. It’s time to repent and turn completely from all our evil ways, and commit ourselves fully to God first, as the Macedonian church.

Prayer:

Abba Father, i repent of not committing myself fully to you: i now turn my heart to follow you fully. I declare my commitment to you and your ways. By your grace enable me to follow you whole heartedly and to live a life that glorifies your holy name. Like the Macedonian church may i be found fully committed to you before commitment to my earthly leaders and duties, amen.

 

Give me to drink

John 4: 4-24 KJV

And he must needs go through Samaria, Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour; There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink; (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water

The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. KJV

The account above is about a Samaritan woman who encountered Jesus and her life was transformed. However, I want to talk about the words of Jesus to the woman “Give me to drink”. Jesus is tired with his journey and finds a well in Sychar, the Bible mentions that there was a well, and it was the sixth hour. He sits on the well and sees a Samaritan woman coming to draw water from the well.

He tells her “give me to drink.” He was thirsty. His physical body was thirsty. He needed to refresh his body with a drink of water.

The woman didn’t recognize Jesus. She saw a Jew and was amazed that a Jew could ask her for water yet Jews and Samaritans had no dealings. They didn’t have any business to interact in any way. She saw Jesus as any other Jew that she could see in her day to day activities. She didn’t have knowledge of whom it is that was asking for a drink

We encounter Jesus daily in the many different people we meet as we pursue our lives quests and needs. We meet various people with needs like ours, while we have been given access by our Father to meet most of our needs, while at the business of meeting our needs we meet people placed by God in our paths that are in need. They need what we are pursuing. They don’t have access that we do. They have been placed there by Abba Father that we may recognize them and meet their need.

But as the woman was wondering and asking many questions such as how can a Jew ask of a Samaritan for a drink, the same way we reject to help the needy on our paths by reasoning and asking many questions that we fail to see God in them.

We ask ourselves, how such a rich person can ask me to do this or that. What is wrong with these people who don’t like to work but all they do is beg day in day out. Why can’t people mind their own business, do they have to follow us everywhere and ask for alms? What is wrong with this generation nowadays? Instead of them having good morals all they do is immorality?

We are caught up with much reasoning’s and musings that blind us of our obligation to Christ. To feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the poor, to visit prisoners, to visit and pray for the sick in hospital beds and at home. To shelter the homeless. We have neglected the true religion of our Father

James 1: 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

 Matthew 25:32- 40 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left ,Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.  

Matthew 41-46 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. KJV

 The Samaritan woman saw a man in need. She was ignorant of the need. All she saw were the reigning facts that Jews could not relate with Samaritans. This ignorance almost cost her to lose her miracle. As Jesus was all she needed for her life to change. The cycles in her life were too much just like for many of us today. We go from one cycle to another and keep praying and believing God for a change or a settlement. We even quote scripture. But maybe one thing that remains is to open our eyes and see the needs of men and women that God has placed in our paths and meet them. Jesus told her: give me to drink. She heard Him ask for the drink. She saw Him sitted for being weary. Maybe He looked tired. All facts were present, but she cared about how people would say if she was seen giving Him a drink or even conversing with Him.

Jesus told her if she knew the gift of God and who it is that was asking of a drink, she would instead have asked Him for water, and He could give her living water. Meaning He could give her that which is nonperishable, that springeth to everlasting life.

She had the physical, Jesus had the eternal, nonperishable, alive and fully satisfying.

Here we have needs that do not go away. We work for the perishable daily. We do all we can just to get the perishable. To meet temporary men’s needs. Our lives have become centered towards meeting our own needs daily. If only we can meet Jesus need. He is thirsty and in need of water. He is hungry and in need of food. He is naked and in need of clothing. He is sick, He is in prison. He needs us Christians to meet His need. He is life eternal. We feed Him. We quench His thirst. We clothe Him. We visit Him in hospital and just love Him. By doing this we are keeping our treasure in heaven, where no thief can reach nor moth destroy. (Luke 12: 33)

Give me to drink is still His words today to you and me. Shall we respond to Him? Are we too busy chasing the things of the world and forgetting that He is still hungry and thirsty? Have we become too self-centered that we have forgotten to take care of our Lord?

He is on the streets waiting. He is in the bus as you go to work. He is in that church building waiting to see if He can get a plate of food after you finish your Sunday prayers. He is walking to hospital as He cannot afford fare. He is under a tree crying. His mother died years ago and He has been mourning with no one to comfort Him. Don’t you care for your Lord? He is too weak, He is waiting for you to pray for Him. But all you pray for is your children, your church to give more so that you can finish off those pending projects, your boss to give you a promotion or at least to increase your salary, for your children to pass exams and go abroad. All you pray for is your relatives, and yourself to become wealthy so that you can show off. For your savings not to be lost. Have we become so selfish to neglect our Savior’s need?

We have amassed wealth. Our wardrobes are full of clothes and shoes. We do not give out to the needy. Others are sleeping on floors with no mattresses and beds. Our stores are full of foods and other items that we don’t use. All we care about is our peace. Our health. Our children. Our partners. Our Pastors and men of God. We have neglected The Savior’s need.

Praise the Lord! He is asking you and me today: give me to drink. Yes you have a need of that bread, but am hungry. Give me to eat. Give me to drink. Feed me. Clothe me. Visit me in prison. Visit me in hospital. Pray for me. I give you eternal life. I give you that which satisfies. Your cycles of dissatisfaction will end in me. You will be satisfied in life. Give your time to me. Give your cares to me. Just do my will my child. Ask me to give you, and I will give you living waters, that springs up to everlasting life.

Do not cling on to that which doesn’t satisfy my child. Let it go in my hands my child. What is it that you have been chasing in life? Change your focus. Ask God to open your eyes to see the needs of men and women in your paths and meet them. Ask God to open your inner ears to hear the cry of orphans, widows, the rejected, the hurting, the mourning.

Jesus told His followers that the poor will always be on earth as long as the earth remains. (Matt 26: 11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.) Means we can never give enough. It’s an opportunity to serve our Master. It’s an opportunity to do God’s will. It’s an opportunity to practice the true religion that is mentioned in James 1: 27

When Jesus told the woman it’s better to ask of Him living water, he was changing her focus from the temporary to the eternal. He was talking about the satisfaction that comes with having Jesus in your life, and living by being led by the Holy Spirit daily. The springs of water that spring up to everlasting life is a life characterized by a believer living by Faith in the Son of God, and being led by the Holy Spirit of God.

Let’s stop today and see from where we have fallen, and repent. Let’s attend to the needs of our Savior, He is waiting for the drink. He is still hungry. He is naked. He is in hospital. He is in need. Reach out to Him. You will be keeping your treasure in heaven… where no thief can reach, no moth can destroy, Amen

Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

Luke 12: 15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Luke 12: 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 

let Him kiss me…

Let Him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. Song of Solomon 1: 2 KJV

 

This verse is talking about a love expression of a bride to her groom. Since you and me are the bride of Jesus… we are expected to have a deep relationship with Him, actually a love relationship whereby we desire His love more than anything else in life.

Wine is used in this comparison here because wine gladdens the heart. People who take wine feel light after taking wine. But the love of Jesus makes us experience the true relief from worlds issues and burdens. His love is better than anything that excites us. His love is soooo wide and deep to comprehend. This is the Love that gave its own life for our sake… that me and you may have eternal life.

We are called children of God because of accepting this love.

Brethren, lets endeavor to develop a close walk with God, that this love can sustain us in our daily lives.

He says to us : “ come to me all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon yourselves, and my burden. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light’.

For me this morning I choose to experience His love and grace. His mercies are new this morning. I choose to depend on His mercies to get strength for the day. And in the evening I will tell of His faithfulness.

God bless you as you desire and tap into His love that is better than anything else in your life.

Amen

THERE IS DEATH IN THE POT!

 ‘So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof. ‘

2 Kings 4:40 (KJV)

Kate speaks, 16th May 2012

The above portion is from the story of Elisha and the sons of the prophet in 2 Kings Chapter four, and it tells us of a time when there was famine in the land of Israel. Elisha had just come back to Gilgal, and the sons of prophets were sited before him. He told some of them to put the large pot on fire and make some soup for all to take.

One of them went to the field to get some herbs, and found wild herbs and brought in some, putting them in the pot to boil. Bible records that he didn’t know what they were. The Bible also records that they poured out the meal for the men to take, and while they were taking, they cried out that there was death in the pot. They could not eat it anymore.

There is death in the pot oh Man of God! These men cried out like we do today, to God, to His servants, to brothers and sisters, to our family members, to friends, shouting our incapacities and barriers in life, hoping for a solution in one way or another.

There is death in the pot when you are in a place or position that you can’t take it anymore. Your financial life is just dead and all you see is darkness and no light at the end of the tunnel? Your church or ministry has been stagnant for years and nothing seems to work and you are just seeing no hope? Your marriage has been characterized by conflict one after another and nothing seems to work between you and your spouse? That sickness has been around for years and you are losing every last bit of hope in ever recovering? You have been waiting for that uplift in business to expand but nothing is forth coming? And your promotion that you have been waiting and hoping has taken ages to come forth and you just want to quit? This spouse you have been trusting God to bring forth has taken so long, you are wondering if God forgot you urgently want to get married and you just want to go out there and pick anyone just to settle down. What is this that seems dead in your situation? Have you been trusting God for a baby, yet for all these years your wait seems like is not coming to an end?

Are you looking at your situation and seeing death? A dead end, no hope, no clear path of direction and you are wondering how, when and in which way will this be possible?

Many of us reach times in our lives when we look at situations and say, for this one, I give up. Things are tight, be it relationships, finances, ministries, situations one and another, and we reach a point where we have no answers, and are at the verge of quitting and giving up totally on it.

A meal that was prepared in good faith turned out to be death. The sons of the prophets cried out loud and said there was death in the pot. This meant they could not take it anymore, their only way out was to stop taking it, as it could kill them. There was poison in the meal.

Elisha the prophet of God told them to bring the salt, and he cast it into the pot and told them to now take the soup. No more harm was found therein.

Instead of throwing away the whole meal, Elisha through the salt made the meal whole and they were able to take it. Bible says that you are the salt of the world. The salt here can also represent the word of God. The word is alive and sharper than any two edged sword, it pierces to the dividing asunder of situations. Instead of quitting, employ the word of God in that situation. The word will go deep and heal the situation. The word will heal your marriage. The word will heal your finances, do not give up. The word will heal your body, employ it. Elisha did not throw away the pot and its contents, but performed a miracle in the same pot. Do not run away form your situation, let God deal with it there and then for the glory of His name.

Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?’ (KJV) Gen 18:12

Sarah in Gen 18:12 laughed when she heard that she would conceive and beget a son, because her womb was as good as dead. The situation in her womb was dead, she was past the age of bearing children, and so she laughed off when she heard that she would get a child. She had already given up on ever giving birth, as there was death in her womb!

But the word that was spoken went to her ears and to her womb, reviving it and making it alive! That same word worked in her womb and at the same time the following year, she got a son as per the word of the Lord. The word was spoken by the angel, Sarah heard it, and since it was her womb that was dead, the word made alive the dead womb and her reproductive system, such that she became alive once again!

Many of us run away and look for shortcuts to situations, but God’s will is for Him to be glorified in those situations.

It was not okey for the man born blind to settle to remaining blind the rest of his life, furthermore he was born that way. (John 9:1-3) It was the will of God that the name of the Lord be glorified through that condition. Jesus found the man and healed him for the glory of God. The condition was from birth, thus we could easily brand it impossible to change, but God changed it through the miracle.

Some times we are in situations that are dead because we entered in to them either innocently, or ignorantly, or we just found ourselves in them. Whatever the case, do not run away, face it using the word of God, and you will see what God can do for the glory of His name. Do not leave that business unless it’s God who has told you to: speak the word of God- life to it and see what happens. You will glorify God.

And you think you are so much into debt that you have no value left? Speak life to your finances and see the transformation that comes along. You stop being a borrower and become a lender according to the word of God. That sickness is not unto death, its there so that the glory of God can be made manifest. Speak the word, its life unto our being!

The word is alive, He is Jesus and when we speak the word we invite life into anything and everything that is the issue. Be it a dead marriage, a dying business, a lost hope, a painful past, mention it. He is more than able to restore, rebuild and reconcile. The word is the restorer of hope, the resurrection of the dead, The King of kings, The Great I AM, and is more than able to heal, restore, resurrect, revive, mention it.

Yes there is death in the pot, but do not throw away the pot. Do not run away from the situation, face it using the word.

When Jesus went to the pool called Bethesda, He found a man that had been there for thirty eight years, waiting for the water to be stirred by the angel of the Lord, so that he may go in and be healed. (Read John 5:1ff). When he found him He asked him if he wanted to be whole, and the man replied and told him that he did not have anyone to lead him into the pool anytime the water was stirred by the angel. This man had been so long near the pool that he had lost hope, and didn’t realize that the healer was standing right next to him, and that his pain was finally coming to an end. He had been in that condition for thirty eight years!

When Jesus heard what the man said, He realized that he had lost hope, as he was relying on what man could come to help him do. Jesus then told him to pick up his mat and go. Immediately the man heard that word form Jesus, the word went through his ears, and body, healing him of his infirmity and he rose up, picked up his mat and left. Jesus spoke to the lame man, and since Jesus is the healer, the healing was transmitted through the word “pick up your mat and go”. What was a dead situation became a life situation, and God was glorified through that!

You will realize that anytime that Jesus did a miracle, He spoke or did something first. He told the lame man: pick up your mat and go. He told his disciples: what do you have here? Bring it to me (regarding the five fish and a loaf of bread for the feeding of the five thousand). He asked the blind men who were sited by the roadside shouting ‘have mercy on us!’: “what do you want me to do for you”? And immediately they said ‘that we may see’, He touched them and healed them.

Anytime Jesus did something for someone, there was communication of faith and action of the same. The woman who had bled for twelve years said if only I may touch the hem of His garments. She silently went and touched, and after confessing her faith, Jesus told her to go her way as her faith had made her well. What was a dead situation was made alive through her confession and action.

When she touched Jesus – the healer, the healing went through her hands and effected her faith, through the words that she had spoken before, that ‘if only I may touch his garments’

 (Read 1 Samuel Chapter 17) “And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid” Verse 24

The Israelite soldiers, who were camping at Sucoh against the Philistines, were faced with a death situation, called Goliath. He could come out and threaten them, abusing them every time, and the soldiers could draw back and run away in fear, retreating in their camps.

Verse 16 says that for forty days Goliath presented himself before the philistines every morning and evening! The situation was just dead. Goliath is described to have been six cubits tall, and the kind of weaponry he had worn was stunning! For the Israelites, it was a death situation and they kept drawing back in fear, for forty whole days. When David came into the picture, he carried with himself just a few stones and a sling, and he faced Goliath- the death situation with the word of God.

He shouted the word to Goliath, telling him that he is coming to him in the name of the Lord God of Israel: ‘Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.’ (KJV) Verse 45

‘This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.’ Verse 46

And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands. (KJV) Verse 47

By this the word he spoke out to Goliath became flesh and from his mouth it empowered the stone that went straight to Goliath’s forehead, finishing his strength, then the same word went and entered the sword that Goliath was holding, and using that same sword, David slaughtered Goliath. The situation was dead and Israel was sore afraid for long, but using the word of the Lord, the situation came alive! Victory came alive and the fear turned into shouts of joy and song. Bible says that as the Philistines saw that their champion was now fallen, they all turned and ran away, while the Israelite soldiers came out of their tents and chased them slaughtering many of them.

What had been a death situation in Israel turned to life and joy, as God of the Israelites fought for them through David. It took a young boy David, who knew the word and the God of the word to reverse the situation. He spoke the word to the situation and everything changed.

What is this situation that has been bothering you for long now and you are losing it on hope? What is it that has been making you run away in fear anytime you advance forth? Many of you have projects that you started long ago, but to date you have not advanced because something comes up and bars you from advancing, and you always retreat back. Face it with the word this time. Advance and go for it. Nothing is too great for God to handle. God actions in our situations through His word and when we employ it in our lives and situations, we are employing the power of God to work for us.

It is not normal for a small stone to kill a mighty man like Goliath; it only took a stone that was thrown in liaison with the word. Our man efforts need to be accompanied with the word of God, for them to bear fruit. Add action to your faith.

Today go for it, speak the word to that dead situation as you hand it over to God, and see the victory of God, with situations changing to victory for the glory of God in our generation!

 

 

As for me and my house

“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the river, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD”. Joshua 24:14-15

Kate speaks, 11th April 2012

In the above verses Joshua was addressing the children of Israel regarding their service to God. He had led them for many years and had been used of God in leading them in possessing the land of Canaan after Moses had died. He had been their General in taking over the promised land, and now since he had grown very old, (one hundred and ten years), he summoned them and addressed them reminding them of where God had brought them, and how He had fought their battles all along, and the part that was remaining in taking over of some remaining parts of the land.

It was like an address of an old man, giving his last words to his children.

He gave them options. Either they serve the Lord their God who had delivered them from the Egyptians, or to serve the useless gods of the land of Canaan, or the gods that Abram and Terah used to worship long ago when they lived beyond the river Euphrates.

Let’s look into this together.

When Joshua told them as for him and his house, he first said ‘me’ meaning himself and everything within him.

He meant that as for everything that is inside of him, his life, soul, spirit and body, would serve the Lord his God. His blood, organs, veins, wills emotions and basically everything within him as a person. He would see to it that he serves the LORD. In his decisions he would serve the Lord. In his actions he would serve the Lord.

David is a man that we admire much in the bible, as he would enquire of the Lord before doing anything, and the many times he enquired, he would get a lot of victory as the Lord would be in his actions leading him and directing him. The few times that he didn’t enquire first before doing something cost him a lot of pain, and not just him but the Israelites too.

As for me and everything within me, I will serve the Lord. Many a times we keep reciting this verse of scripture and even keep wall hangings in our houses on the same, yet our actions speak differently. Serving the Lord with everything within us and without us begins from deep within us. I cannot say I will serve the Lord yet am not subjecting my thoughts to conform to the thoughts of Christ.

You cannot say you are serving the Lord when you are bribing to get some services done, when you are not exercising self control in your body, when you are lying intentionally, when you are willfully doing the things that you know are sin using your own mind, will and body.

We have to intentionally choose to live for God and serve Him alone without two minds. (James 1:8)

When Joshua said as for his house, he talked about everything and everyone that is called by his name. Be it handmaids, servants, animals, everything about him and associated with him. This means serving God with your family, property, money and wealth, and everything associated with you. Dedicating everything to God, having a readiness to let it go to God when He requires of you to do so, and living as an alien in this world; knowing that you are not here to stay but are like grass that withers away.

 (Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh [is] as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.) 1 Peter 1:23-25

Peter, and the other apostles and followers of the ‘Way’ grew close to God to a point where they were serving God with their whole lives and everything that was associated to them. This is seen clearly in Acts 4:31-37, 5:1-16, when they sold their lands and possession so as to share with the widows and the poor. Since these guys were walking with God and had chosen to serve Him fully without two minds, God was with them and signs and wonders followed them all along.

They agreed together with the rest of the followers to sell property and bring to the temple for distribution to the widows and them that were in need. Ananias and Saphira his wife agreed that they would sell their land, but not take the whole proceeds from the land sale. They agreed among themselves. This is something that they chose to do; to be halfhearted and to lie to the apostles. They never took this thing of serving God seriously in their hearts, and so they thought they could easily lie to the apostles.

After agreeing together and concealing within their hearts, they went ahead and sold the land and took a half of the money to the apostles. The Holy Spirit revealed it to Peter and this couple died by the hand of the Lord, to the amazement of many in the land.

Today we are in serious deaths in our lives, because of speaking this but doing that. We keep singing I surrender all to God, but in reality we don’t surrender, we keep our hands tight and refuse the poor and the needy what God has freely given us. We hold back instead of releasing to God. Today many churches are not growing in number, because we are lying to one another saying I love you brother, I love you sister, yet in our hearts we know too well what we say regarding the same people.

Friends our families, our land, our churches and the society needs to see the wonders of God being manifest through us as a church, but is our testimony speaking enough?

Are we serving God in ourselves and with everything that is called by our names, or are we busy amassing wealth, name and fame to ourselves, to ‘take with us’ to the graves?

Friends, we need to take stock of our lives. We are losing the balance. Let us look deep within us and see are we serving the Lord within ourselves and then look outside and do checks as to where we are.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

Friends, lets be real to ourselves. We know where we are pertaining our standing with God. Our hearts follow our treasures. Who are we when no one is watching? Read Rev 3:14-21. We cannot lie to God brethren. We have to choose to serve Him fully in our hearts and be straight in our ways with men.

As for me and my house, I will serve the Lord.

The things of God are not forced on man, that’s why everyone that hears the gospel of the kingdom has a free will choice to make, on accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior of his life. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Joshua told them “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. He didn’t count the days he had remaining in his life yet he was very old. He didn’t say that he was just sitting there waiting to die. He didn’t brag that he was done with serving God since he had been used of God in so much since Moses died, but he still declared his allegiance to God, to serve him and not only just him alone, but to serve God with his household. He declared his intention of seeking to follow and know the Lord more as he serves him in his heart, mind and soul. He declared of his intention to continue loving the Lord and walking with Him in close fellowship, irrespective of his achievements.

May we develop a burning desire to love and serve God even in our weakest points, even when our eyes are failing us, even when our wealth is overwhelming, even when our flock in our churches is beyond count, even when our positions in companies we work for are way high and influential. May we serve God in our families, in our churches, in our nation, in our jobs and businesses, may we be found worthy channels of God’s amazing goodness in this land, in the neighboring nations, in the societies around us, and in every situation we are in. Amen

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

Patience till mature and complete

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing [this,] that the trying of your faith worketh patience.   But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:2-4)

Kate speaks……

Many a times we fall into various situations that test us of our stand as Christ’s followers. These are situations that could be shortcuts to what we want to achieve in life, either for ourselves or for God’s kingdom here on earth.

Sometimes the offers are so alluring, that we can almost bet they are from God, but remember the bible says that the devil also camouflages as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) and when we are at the dawn of major breakthroughs in our lives, the devil shows up with counterfeits and what! They look so enticing and if we are not walking in the spirit of God, we struggle about receiving them, and if not careful can end up accepting what is from the devil and not God, hence cut short of our destiny.

The path to our destiny in God is a coarse that has ups and downs, and during our downs we have to remain sensitive to the spirit of God so as to remain on the course, otherwise distractions like taking in what is not from God can take us off the route and throw us off balance completely, and waste a lot of time going back to where we lost the way, and cost us a lot.

Things of the devil come with a negative price, as the devil comes to steal, destroy and kill. To steal your focus from God, to destroy the entire faith and trust in God, and to finally kill your hope in destiny.

We are called to remain vigilant and exercise patience. Patience comes in with perseverance, and as Christians we know where we are right now is not our destiny, but are called to be patient as we go through trials and persevere all the way as God leads us to our destiny.

Joseph persevered, and even though at some point it looked like nobody remembered him and his childhood dreams, God did not forget him and finally he rose to his destiny in God.

Nothing should ever cause us to lose our focus in God. As Paul put it clearly in Romans 8:32-38, no depth of sufferings, no height of goodness, no principality, no fears, nothing in the world below and in the heaven above should ever come in between us and God, and our focus should always be on God and his heart.

We have to persevere and be patient in this journey. Let’s stop going in for shortcuts. Just because something has delayed in coming forth as you had prayed and hoped, doesn’t warrant you to go ahead and get it through your own means. This is what Abraham and Sarah did. Just because God delayed in bringing forth the promised child they got to use their own means and got a child, but it was not the promise. It became a thorn in their lives and finally they had to get rid of it, and it cost them a lot of pain. The promise will surely come in your life, do not tire, just be patient some more.

God knows your life as it is embezzled in the palm of His hand. Even before you were in your mother’s womb, He knew you and had called you and predestined you for His purpose. Do not tire to wait upon Him, let patience be your portion, so that when it matures in you, you may be complete, lacking nothing.

I believe Joseph needed patience when dealing with the people of Egypt, and so the preparation cost him a lot of patience, and when he was mature, it was not hard for him to reign and rule.

May we be patient enough in situations in the course of our lives, and may we be found ready to take on responsibilities that God puts our way, not giving in to trials and giving up on our callings in life, Amen.

wake up and start lending the Lord!

‘He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again’. Prov 19:17

9th September, 2011

Kate speaks….

Many a times we are in financial or other situations that require a lot of divine intervention. We have needs ranging from  fees, rent, food, fare,fuel, households, etc and we pray and pray and speak about it to our friends, asking them to stand with us in prayer as ‘we trust God’ for the same. Yet there is a truth that we neglect oft times:

God looks at our record. His word is clear that when you remember or help the poor you are lending to the Lord. Records are kept in heaven of our works/ deeds. Cornelius was a man that kept giving alms/ help to the poor and he didn’t know God personally at the time. Yet that kind of works created a record for him in heaven, and God was moved and extended to him His saving grace through Peter. (Read Acts10: 31-35)

Mordecai did a good work when he reported the two guys who wanted to kill the king Ahasuerus when Esther was queen (Esther 2:21-23). Later Mordecai was in a similar situation that Haman wanted to kill not only him, but the whole of the Jews generation that was in that land. God caused the king to lack sleep and to have the book of records read out to him, where it was found out that Mordecai had actually saved his life, and he ordered that he be honored (Esther 6:1-11). From there it is still a story all what happened to Mordecai and he later became second in command to the king in that land, irrespective that it was a foreign land and he had originally gone there as a slave! Mordecai had a good heart of giving to the Lord since he had even taken care of Esther as his own daughter, giving her advice and showing her the right way to follow! (Read the book of Esther)

Whatever we do as charity, cheerful lifestyle giving always comes back to us as payment from the Lord, and especially when we are doing it as to the Lord, and under the leading of the Holy Spirit.When we are living a life of pleasing God and find ourselves in situations that require divine intervention, our records in heaven speak on our behalf. The seed we have been sowing speaks to God on our behalf, and soon we reap.

‘Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap’ Gal 6:7 KJV

If you sow nothing, surely you will reap nothing. That’s why the word of God is clear in Proverbs 6:9-11 that when you fold your hands then poverty comes on you sooner or later.

(How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man)

Let’s say you have a field and you don’t plant anything, what will grow? Will you go and harvest maize or beans? No. That’s what the verse above says, that no one can fool God. If you don’t sow, you can’t reap, and that whatever you sow is what you reap, and in proportionate to what you sowed. Just like in the physical when you are planting say maize for example, for every particular seed you drop on the soil, you expect it will sprout to a maize plant that will bring forth a maize cob full of maize like around fifty to a hundred depending on the type of maize seed planted. If you grew in the upcountry like me and participated in planting and harvesting, what am talking about here is easy for you to grasp.

The type of seed you plant, the type of soil you plant into, the taking care of it as it grows, and finally the harvesting. It calls for consistence, patience and commitment.

Some people plant and neglect to take care of the seed, then predators come in and steal or spoil, thus no harvest.  Again seeds are planted differently according to needs. When you want good health, apart from eating healthy, then you can plant seeds of helping the sick, paying their bills, visiting them, etc.

When you help pay school fees for other peoples kids as God leads you, you are planting seeds that you will reap in your own life some day.

When you are planting seeds in a servant of God like food or whatever, you will reap regarding the things of the spirit and anointing. Some battles will be fought for you without your struggle.

When you plant good deeds in serving the Lord say in church or community, some weights are lifted from your life, and you live a burden free life.

When you sow seeds of speaking the word of God to the lost, bringing them to the kingdom, what you need in life is supplied to you without you struggling. Matthew 6:33. Jesus told Peter that surely all who would leave their mother, father, children etc for the sake of the gospel of Christ, they would reap a hundred fold in this life, and everlasting life.(Matthew 19:29)

Whatever seed you plant, you are doing it to the Lord, and surely when done consistently as a lifestyle, it bears much fruit in ones life.

The same is also true of bad seed. If you are the kind of person that plants bad seed, you will surely reap from the same. God is not mocked, whatever you sow, that you reap. It is cuts across both the physical and the spiritual, across all kinds of people both the saved and not saved, and its naturally made by God, that whatever you sow, that you reap.

So what have we been sowing? Why are we crying out that we don’t have this and that? Where did we go wrong friends? Did we sow on wrong grounds? Some of us have not sown anything at all and we need to repent for that, and wake up from our slumber and start sowing.

Sowing is not tithing. That’s very different. Tithing is giving back to God what belongs to Him already, and when we don’t give back to Him, we open doors in our lives for the devil to attack us in all areas.

This message is not for you if you have not been tithing. Tithing is tithing and there is no two ways about it. Its either you tithe, or you don’t. This message is for you who after tithing, has been sowing in the wrong ground, or has not been sowing at all, or has been sowing but not cheerfully, with no commitment, or grudgingly, and not with the right motive.

For those of you who have been sowing on right grounds and with right motives, that is for God’s glory, then your lives are evident and speak for themselves that you are accepted givers in the kingdom of God. Your giving lifestyle speaks in your life, and the favor of God is evident upon you.

Right now when the economy is not doing well at home and abroad, many Christians are in a financial fix. Nothing is working financially, and most of us are in debt. We need to wake up, repent that we did not sow, or we sowed in wrong grounds, or we sowed grudgingly, and start sowing seed of all good kind and do it as to the Lord. Sow to the poor, God will repay you. Sow to God’s servants, and watch God coming through for you. Are you in debt? Sow in to somebody else who is in to debt, or forgive somebody who has your money. Whichever way, lets arise, repent and start sowing now, the right seed, on the right ground, and being led by the Holy Spirit.

Bible says in Jeremiah that call unto me and I will show you great things… in Matthew that ask and you shall be given, seek and you shall find… for some of us who have been sowing and have not been reaping, ask God. Seek to find answers as to why. May be you did it grudgingly, may be it was a show off, or it was with a wrong motive. All giving should be done as to the Lord. When you are giving, you are serving the Lord. You are not helping the one you are giving. Furthermore even if you don’t give them, somebody else will do it. You are actually helping yourself because you are creating an account for yourself in heaven. (Phil 4:17-18a {not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound)

Paul spoke about the Macedonia churches in 2Corinthians from verse one to seven, that they had given themselves first to God, then to the servants- Paul and the rest.(Verse5: And [this they did,] not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.)KJV

Many times we Christians do just the opposite, we give ourselves first to servants, and then we lose it on our walk with God. When we give ourselves first to God and are walking undoubtedly with Him every step of the way, then giving ourselves to His servants becomes automatic. It is also more secure for servants to have followers who are first committed to God in a personal way, and then they follow you or serve with you in ministry. These are the followers you wont tell to tithe, because they got the revelation from God about tithing, you don’t tell them to give, because they know why they are giving and don’t need to be reminded about it. They don’t give because it’s Sunday, they give irrespective of when and what, and all is to glorify God. They can follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in everything, and they are the followers or members who are a real blessing in any ministry. Why? Simply because they have committed themselves wholly to God first, then everything else comes second. They have put God first in their lives. They are walking with God. Like David and the kings of Israel, they first consult with God before doing anything and about everything. They pray not because there is an announcement in church calling for prayer, neither do they fast because it’s a week of fasting in their church. They are alert in the spirit, and are of great help in the church of Christ.

I challenge servants of God to arise and teach people to build close walk with God, and all the problems we have in the body of Christ will cease.

When you build a close relationship with God, you will surely become a giver, because that is a character of God. God loved the world, and so He gave His best. He gave his only begotten son, so the world may not be lost, but that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have everlasting life. He gave His best, and He gave freely, to all and any who will receive His gift.

When we build a close relationship with God, we don’t care who has hurt us in the past, when God leads us to give to them, then we humbly go ahead and do it, because love does not keep record of wrong according to 1 Corinthians 13 from verse one.

God loved us when we were sinners, and when we were yet in sin, He looked out for us, and still looks out for them that are still in darkness. We ought to have a close walk with God to know him, and get more of Him in our lives, such that its Him that lives in us, and not our self’s, and we will give, love, and portray all godly character, because this is what will be emanating from deep in our lives.

My dear friends, lets arise and sow in good ground. Let’s arise and give solution to the problems of mankind all around us. Why are you crying, what are you holding, release it to the ground. Give it to God. You may say you don’t have anything to give. Every one of us has something to give. You can give money, you can pray for others who are in similar needs, you can give time serving, you can give and give items, property, whatever. All of us as long as we are alive have been given so much.

Lets arise now from the slumber and lend to the Lord, He will repay us handsomely!

God bless you!

The righteousness that comes by faith in Christ Jesus.

27th Feb 2012

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith

Kate speaks…

Trusting in God to enable us Christians stay awake to His calling in our lives amidst situations that are not godly. Joseph believed in this when he ran away from Photiphar’s wife when she seduced him in the room. He intentionally chose to run away. This is being in situations that are not according to God’s will, then trusting on God to provide a way out. Not going the normal human way. Not doing things to please people, by our own ability, but leaning on the grace of God entirely to go through issues and situations in life.

The lady Jael in the book of Judges leaned on this grace of God, when she allowed in the main enemy guy of the battle- Sisera, and offered to give him water, and God’s wisdom told her to give him milk, and this guy slept out of being tired after the chase, and then Jael drilled a nail in his temple and killed him.

What a way to trust in the way of God and not looking to solve things our way. She bit by bit followed the leading of God, and victory was achieved in fighting the enemies of the Lord. we have got to wholly trust in the righteousness of the Lord, who is our achiever in everything. He conquered everything we struggle to conquer, he conquered even death itself.

Today lets lean on His righteousness wholly to be who the bible says we are; more than conquerors in Christ, so that we can be found in Him at the day of the Lord.

You would say but Kate what do I do when I am feeling like sinning or doing something that I know very well it’s not right with God? I say call out loud to God and say ‘Lord give me the grace to go through this. Father you know what am feeling right now, like doing this and that, but because your word says there is no temptation that has come to me that is not common with mankind, and also that you will give me a way of escape, then God open my eyes to see the way out’

The word of God is full of every solution to every issue of man.

We love a God who is concerned of every detail in our lives, and he is very approachable and not complicated at all. We just need to be open to Him and tell him issues as they are; that look here father/daddy/God, I feel this way, am tempted to do this, but I know your word says this and this and so this thing is not right with you. Release your grace right now that I may stand, and give me the victory’.

The God of heaven and earth fills his righteousness to those that hunger and thirst for it.” Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6)

May you be found in the righteousness of God at all times, in Jesus name, Amen.

Can these Bones live?

Dec 2011, 30th Kate speaks…

The hand of the Lord was upon Ezekiel the prophet, and he was taken to a valley of dry bones. The bones were very many and very dry indeed as he reckons in scripture. (Read Ezekiel Chapter 37)

We have heard and read the scriptures on the valley of dry bones, and know what happened until the bones became a full army. The power of God came upon the dry bones and soon everything that was a mess and missing came back in place.

When God asked Ezekiel if the dry bones could live, Ezekiel the prophet responded and told Him that only Him (God) knew if the dry bones could live. Ezekiel did not doubt the power of God, and he left it for God to show forth His power, and God showed Himself as God Almighty and the dry bones became an army.

When Moses and the Israelites were on the edge of crossing the red sea, they had reached a dead end since they could not step into the water, neither go back and hand themselves over to their enemies the Egyptians who were pursuing them. God told His servant Moses to tell the Israelites that ‘Be still and know that I AM GOD’. They became still and obeyed what God spoke through His servant, and they finally saw the deliverance of the Lord. They saw what no man could ever imagine, as the red sea piled up on the sides and created a way for them to pass through, something that had never happened before. The situation was dead, but God came through when they had no options.

Many a times we Christians reach dead ends in various situations in life, we get into a fix, not knowing what to do next. We have waited for God, we have gotten tired of waiting, we have heard the word, we have done everything we thought of doing, but things seem discouraging, no change, nothing coming forth whatsoever, and the situations dictate otherwise.

Look at the Hebrew boys Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego, they waited for the deliverance of God until they were thrown in to the fire, but there they found God waiting for them, and the fire didn’t have any effect on them at all. At the end of it all, the name of their God was glorified. (Daniel chapter 3)

Abraham was given a word that he would become the father of many nations. He waited for the accomplishment of the word for so long, that one day he agreed to a shortcut of achieving the same through Sarah’s maid. God had said that out of Sarah ‘s womb his heir shall be, but after waiting for so long before the promise could become a reality they used Hagar their handmaid and got a son- Ishmael, who was not the promise.

Man reaches a point where he thinks may be God meant this and not that. We Christians wait and wait for the promise in our lives, looking at the situations around us, and instead of believing in the God who promised being faithful irrespective of the situations, we go forth and use our own knowledge and our own hand to try and achieve what was promised. It is at this point that we err, because we use our own understanding and ability to try and achieve the things of God, while we should wait for God to manifest in His own timing, at the appointed time.

At the appointed time Sarah bore a son, according to the promise given years before, and the son outside the promise- Ishmael became a barrier in their lives. (Genesis chapter 21) What is of God is the perfect will, but what is not of God is allowed as permissive, and the grace is given, but it remains a thorn in our flesh since it was not God’s original idea, and finally it has to be separated from the perfect will of God in our lives.

When God says He is our provider and we are lacking in provisions even food and daily needs, we should take it as it is, wait upon God to provide, giving thanks that He will surely provide. Instead, we go ahead and look for our own means, and we never ever get to a point of having a testimony of how God came through as our provider, since we are used to using our own means to achieve and fill the gaps in our lives. Same as for the other qualities of God: healer, shalom, The Lord of Hosts our shield etc.

There are men and women in the bible that had faith and trust in God, and took it with their own lives. Look at people like Elijah who walked with God, when on the mount Horeb, he challenged the prophets of Baal the false god, and he was double sure that the God of Israel would come down and glorify His name among the people. He did not waiver in his believe and for sure God came down at the appointed time.

Joseph got his destiny dreams when he was a small boy, and he did not forget them even when his life took a turn around towards the wrong direction (according to the eyes of man). There are times when your life is marred with happenings one after another and even Christians ask you what you have done to deserve that, or what you have done to God that all this is happening to you and your family! People can’t find answers to what is happening around you at that time, and they relate it to maybe past sin, bad omen, character or a curse.

When Joseph went all the way from the pit, to being a slave in a foreign land, and worse still to being a prisoner slave, he had reached the depths of his life. Nobody would look at him and say that he was the future prime minister of Egypt, or he was the future deliverer of the whole land of Egypt and the environs. If it was today in our world, we would look at him and say, man Joseph, you are done, and you are going straight to the grave! Your life is not just right, and man, you need to repent may be your forefathers sinned against God, or something!

Joseph kept his hope in God alive, and even though his situations dictated otherwise, the appointed time finally came and his purpose came to accomplishment. What people did not understand is that destiny in Joseph is what was calling him and leading Him all the way down a path that was not appealing, not like he had sinned or like his parents or forefathers had sinned against God.

His calling was great, and it took him to be sold as a slave by his own brothers to go all the way to Egypt, and not only that but also to be bought by Potiphar – Pharaoh’s servant, so that he may be in the palace as a slave first before going to the palace later as a prime minister. (Genesis chapter 37)

When we see people who are called by the name of God going through all kinds of situations in life and most of them not appealing things, we should not always be quick to ask, where did you go wrong? You need to restart your life, etc. instead we should know that they are going through a path that prepares them towards their calling in life, and that their lives are totally in the hands of God, for the One who called them is faithful to surely bring the work He began in their lives to accomplishment in Christ Jesus. The best we can do for them is pray for them that the dry bones in their lives can come back to life, through the grace of God in their lives.

Christians look at the life of a man or woman of God and ask, can anything good come out of him? They said that about Jesus, just because Bethlehem was the smallest town of Judah, and they believed that nothing good could come out of such a small town. They said, isn’t this the son of the carpenter? They looked at his origin and status in society, and despised him and so did not acknowledge or receive the power of God working through Jesus. They knew him with human knowledge, human roots, and hence despised him! (Matthew 13:54-58)

When we know a man or woman of God, we despise them, thus we can’t partake of the anointing that God has placed in their lives, because we know them and see them in human eyes. Instead of looking at them with the eyes of God, we say, what can this man say to me, furthermore he did this or he does that…what gospel is he preaching, look at his life… can anything good come out of him?

Instead of allowing forgiveness and mercy like Joseph did to his brothers, we allow contempt and discord. When the people despised Jesus, they could not listen to him, thus they didn’t receive any of the miracles He was doing. He did good in many other towns, but in His own home town no miracle was done there because of their unbelief.

When God asked Ezekiel, can these bones live? Ezekiel looked at the valley of very many dry bones with the eyes of man, and saw that if it is man asking him, it would have been different, but because it is God asking him, then since God is the creator of all universe, and with God everything is possible, then only God alone knows whether the bones can live or not. He chose to answer God according to His knowledge of God!  ‘Only you alone oh God knoweth!’

Like Ezekiel we are called to always look at situations that present themselves to us, or we find ourselves in, with the eyes of God, and when we are faced with the questions that we do not know the answers as to whether the situations on our lives can really change, we can confidently trust in the God of our calling and say, yes these bones can come back to life!

Yes I believe my wife though her womb is dead, can conceive my heir in the name of the God that promised- Abraham

Yes though I don’t know a man physically, by the word of the Lord let it be as it has been spoken- Mary Yes man of God Elisha as the word of the Lord has come forth, let it be that a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of God-Elisha’s guy

Yes king Nebuchadnezzar even though our God doesn’t deliver us from the fiery furnace, we will still not bow to the golden image-three Hebrew boys

Yes even though am thrown in the lions den, I will still pray to my God as usual- Daniel

Yes Lord these dry bones can live again!

Can the dry finances in your life come back to life? Yes, by the word of the Lord they can. What is dead in your situation? In your life, can it come back to life? Yes with God all things are possible. Not so with man, but with God all things are possible.

Destiny calls us and leads us in paths we didn’t know we can go through, but when we understand that we are heading towards our destiny in God, then we rest assured that the one who called us will surely bring the good work He began in us to completion in Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).

Elijah was walking towards the place he was going to be taken up to heaven, and he knew it since God had showed it to him, and since he understood, he did what he was meant to do, appointing his successors as he went along. Elisha was aware that his master Elijah was going to be taken up, and inside him he felt that he should not leave his master Elijah alone until the last minute, even when Elijah kept pestering him to go back, the sons of prophets too told him along the way to turn and go back, but Elisha clang on to Elijah till he got the promise, the double portion of the anointing that was operational in Elijah! They went through the land, across the rivers, until Elijah was taken up in chariots in the presence of Elisha, and finally Elisha turned back to go in the journey, and his ministry began there and then. If you would ask him what made him not turn back as he was being told to go back, he would tell you that something inside of him kept him from turning back, and kept him following Elijah. It was his calling in God that was leading him all that way, creating stubbornness in him to follow Elijah till the last minute. (2 Kings Chapter 2)

When we do things that we don’t understand why we are doing them or why we did them, we should rest assured that destiny in God is the one calling and leading us through such paths, and soon we will understand the whys. Joseph got on the throne and finally realized that it was God who had send him ahead of his brethren to go and make life good for them in that land. It was a painful path, but when he understood the course of his journey he even told his brothers not to fight among themselves for selling him as a slave because it was God’s will to send him to Egypt before hand. What was painful was that he went to Egypt as a slave, sold out by his own brothers! He understood God’s will, and allowed for mercy and forgiveness on his brethren, and God’s love prevailed.

We are called to allow mercy and love in our lives, to them that were used to push us to our destinies, whether they pushed us in ways that hurt us or not, we are called to show mercy and love, as the God who has called us is full of mercy. God is love, and only those that walk in love can say they love God. We are called to be God’s channels of love in the world and among the brethren.

Today Christians are not walking in love, carrying grudges against one another for hurts and pains caused. Refusing to dine with them that hurt us in the past, counting them sinners!

The word of God is very clear that even if one gives their body to be burned for the sake of God, but does not have love, it is useless! (1Corinthians chapter 13) , and as Christ told Peter that we are to forgive seventy times seven times, meaning we are forgive without counting how many times we have been hurt by the same people in the past! Just like we normally go to God asking for forgiveness of our shortcomings every now and then, the same way we are called upon to forgive without limit.

Whatever situation is hard in your life, even if its hardness to forgive others, yes you can forgive. Yes the hard heart can turn soft and you can forgive even the most painful of situations.

Yes these bones can live!

Esther was faced with a do or die situation, that threatened to destroy the whole of the Jewish clan, and she wondered whether the situation could change. She decided to believe in the God who called her to that position, and we know the kind of deliverance that was accomplished to the Jews through that woman Esther! (Read Esther)

Yes the dry bones can come back to life! We just have to believe and trust in The God who has promised, without wavering. (James 1:6)

Let’s stop leaning on our own understanding, leaning on our own arms for salvation from dead situations, but let us lean on God and trust in Him fully! The dry bones in our lives can live again. The broken vessels can come back to use!

And when we believe on God’s word, God will cause the dry bones to come back to life, step by step, and we shall see the hand of the Lord, and give all glory to God.

In Jesus mighty name! Amen.

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