Wednesday, 24 October 2012
The faith we profess everyday is our gift from the very hands of God. Now some of you are probably wondering why I left the Not Done With Us series incomplete. I took a long break right? I concur with you. It was long, it was a lesson I learnt while away that God is not looking for perfect people to make His perfect matches. In Joel Osteen’s words, God has a knack for using ordinary people to do extraordinary things. In the Bible, the story of Tamar and Judah, Tamar’s father-in-law teaches a profound lesson on people. I mean incest is not the best lesson to teach about forgiveness and God’s promise of renewal, nevertheless, God still used it to show Himself.
In Isaiah 45:1, God takes an emperor called Cyrus and makes him a great man used as a tool for the nation of Israel. His lack of knowledge of the Living God does not stop God from using him in any way. As you continue in the following verses, God promises Cyrus the wealth of the nations. If God can do that to a pagan, by virtue of description and character, what about you who has received Him? When He says that He will do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we can ask or imagine, note that He has placed three quantitative words in that word. Exceedingly, abundantly, above. That is profound if you care to listen. In English, this would be called redundant, but the kingdom of God is perfect and the word says that God is perfect and upright in all His ways.
When you hear Him telling His prophet, Jeremiah that My thoughts are not your thoughts. As far as the heavens extend from the earth so are the thoughts of the Lord different from those of men. The economy today and everything in the world is speaking a very different language. Stocks are saying markets will lose, security says that murder cases among other criminal activities will rise. Your doctor and the Steadman (read Synovate. I like the Steadman word more that is why I used it) polls indicate that more people will die of lifestyle diseases at an early age and you are wondering whether you will make to be part of the numbers, right. Listen (or rather read), God has not changed His word, His promises or His will. He said tell the righteous it is well. He continues to say that the wicked will never have peace, ever. I am telling you half of the things you are worrying about will not happen. At least that is what Dale Carnegie states in his book, How To Stop Worrying And Start Living. I will tell you that if you have God in your life and you profess Christ all your days; with fear and trembling you work out your salvation then there is no need to worry. Paul put it simply in four words, BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING. Simple.
I sound like an unrealistic person, well am not. I have had fears before while quoting the Bible Do not fear for I am with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you. I have done that until I realized that my fears were one hundred per cent non-profitable. I do not get an extra dollar (let us use shillings instead) for worrying, fearing situations or being anxious. In business terms and simply put, I just incur losses from worry. My forehead frowns, my heart beats faster, my heart is disturbed, my adrenaline rises up like mercury on fire and my body just gets restless! Those are not profits that Johnston Mwakazi or any other journalist would say, “she will be smiling all the way to the bank”.
When I was in that Kesha (overnight prayers) that night, God worked on people while we were in His presence and for some reason, I do not know which and will not bother myself knowing, He kept me on hold. Instead of praying, I looked around everyone in their moment with their Maker. I am telling you that all things in the life of a believer are with a reason. All of them. My scan around the room was not to look for a partner, I was thirsty for what they were receiving while I waited. Then in minutes, I started saying, your promises are Yes and Amen. Yes, your promises are Yes and Amen. Before I knew it, Bam! He was standing right there next to me. God came and guess what, this time round, He did not place a verse of the word of knowledge in my heart; He took hold of my tongue and lips and started speaking!
I am not done with you
I have not forgotten you, not even one of you.
The promises I gave to each of you I will bring them to pass but you have to wait.
I am not done with you because I am still working on you. It is a process for each one of you, a separate personal process you have to wait until I am through working on you.
I have not lied before and I will not start lying now. I will never lie because I am Holy, I am God. You have to get that right that I am God. Every promise I gave, I will bring it to pass, every promise.
I love you, each one of you with an everlasting love but you have to take these limits off for me to finish what I am doing with you. I have not forgotten you.
That is as far as I remember because when you are in the Spirit, mysteries are spoken not from your intellectual but from the throne of God. It is not time for you compose your best sermon, it is time for God to use that instrument He gave to you for His glory. Sometimes I remember some things, other times I cry about what He said and other times I try to recap what I did not keep in mind. The thing is, God is not yet through with us. When He chose you, there were several millions of people like you He passed and reached out for you. Listen, you have been separated, consecrated for God’s purposes and have been called after the King of kings. It is God at work in you so quit using every excuse to run away from God. Start letting Him in every area of your life, with the faults and weaknesses.
He created you and allowed those weaknesses inside of you and He still wants to use you. You are precious in His sight and when He says a word over you, He means exactly that! (That is another thing He said that night, by the way). I am not perfect yet, I have not finished the race yet. I may make a mistake again in ignorance and still be saved because that blood that Jesus shed on Calvary those 2,000 years ago is still fresh and able to cleanse me from all unrighteousness so long as I confess my sins. For those who think that they have sinned too much and God is finished with you, I am challenging you to wake up and run to the Throne of Mercy right this minute. Ask Jesus to forgive you and cleanse you of those sins you are storing in the bank for hell and He will forgive you. Here is the best part, He will forget ALL of them.
What people will tell you does not count, what matters here and now, is what God is saying and He says He is not done with you. Stop quitting and start living under the covering of the blood of Jesus. The devil has lied to you enough, ask Jesus to give you the truth and peace from the Prince Of Peace will increase in your heart in great measure. You will not even understand how you can be smiling in the middle of a storm. God is not yet done with you, are we clear? Good.
Tuesday, 02 October 2012
(I have faith that I will present this speech before the people of this land).
I stand on this podium not because I possess the world’s greatest knowledge or invention, I do not stand because I will convince you with persuasive words about this nation. There are many men and women you have heard from in all the years you have lived in this great nation. From the wisdom they acquired from professors of the English language, they made their address known. My speech may lack luster, worldly wisdom, it may not even persuade you into liking me because, that is not why I stand before you Kenyans. I stand here because a Supreme Being of all authority and might has given me the ability to. I stand because His hand pulled me up and squared me straight on this platform and so because He is the one who brought me, I will speak what He puts on my lips.
This is a great nation. Kenya’s greatness is not just in the Wildebeest Migration at the Maasai Mara or the 42 tribes in it or the Mombasa coastline or the Maasai Morans. That is not the source of her greatness. Those reasons are part of her greatness. The late Professor Saitoti said and it’s true, that this nation is bigger than any man, I add that Kenya is far greater than any beast or any living thing. Kenya is a gift. Solely divine and given to us by the Most High God, Kenya is a beauty. When I receive a gift, sharing it with others brings much joy than having it to myself. So Kenya is a gift to be shared by the 42 million citizens that dwell in her. She is capable of supporting every citizen, if well kept and sustained. Kenya is a gift to the Kenyan people and it is for this reason that the Government has been divinely elected to ensure that she is untainted.
As the Government of Kenya, your allegiance is to a Supreme Authority, far beyond your understanding, far beyond your might. The Lord who reigns on high has appointed you (President Mwai Kibaki), as the President and Ruler over these people, together with your officials. You are doubly accountable to God for every life lost, broken or damaged under your rule, either through negligence, corruption, apathy or any other sin. As the President of this nation, God has placed in your power the ability to bless, build up and petition for the sins of this nation. He has also placed in you, the President, and the ability to punish, uproot or curse those who go against the law. You are God’s Priest, God’s Prophet, God’s King and God’s Provision for Kenya. As a Government, Kenya is your obligation. You authority is not on paper, it comes from the Most High God and so to God, you stand accountable. You are His servant to this nation, and until you realize whose allegiance you must pledge to, the Hand of the Lord will be a Fist to this nation.
It is unfortunate that in 2007 to 2008 just to mention but a few, a man, a woman or a child’s blood has been crying out to God because of the sins of a government leader. It is sad that someone’s life was cut short, dreams vanquished so that the good Lord would give a leader the chance to repent and heal the land once more. It is sad that the sins of our fathers have been paid by the blood of the sons. Enough is enough. This nation, as I said, is greater than any man, beast or living creature that treads upon her. As the Government of the day, may the Good Lord search your hearts and in the place of stone, may He give you a heart of flesh; Broken under His Mighty hand alone, for that is the time our Government will be whole.
And to the citizens of this nation, I, under the authority of the Most High God rebuke your ignorance and disobedience. This government is not God; this government is God’s ministry to you. The government is God’s intermediary to you. God uses men to accomplish His will and for that reason, may you change your mindset and channel your hearts to the Highest God. He placed these men and women in places of honor to fulfill His will. They stand as God’s ministers to your needs, to keep you in line and at order. The Scriptures clearly state in Hebrews 13: 17 “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you”. You are all accountable to God when you disobey their good, sound authority. If you break the Law of the Land, God has given them the permit to punish you and bring you back to the understanding of obedience; just like a father does to his son. You are in their care, not to burden them, but to submit to them in good faith. Pay taxes as you should, work in your professions, but above all fear God and fear the King. Numbers 22:28 says, “Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people” For all authority comes from God.
God’s call to this nation is that of repentance and brokenness and He will hear from heaven and heal our land, restore us back to health and above all, He will be our God. The Tana killings, terrorist attacks and every day misfortune has been God’s judgment on our country, so far. We have the solution in our hearts, yet we choose the rebellious way in our minds. I will therefore make it simple, national deliverance can only come from national repentance. We have sinned Kenyans, but God is still willing to bring us back if only we confess and repent of our wrongdoing. Only by confession will the joy in Kenya return, only by repentance will the words of the national anthem have profound meaning in every mind of every Kenyan. May the Lord have mercy on us, may the Lord hear this petition from this 23 year old and come to our rescue. For our lives are mere breath; here today and gone tomorrow. However, when the Lord is on our side, who will be against you and you and you, who will be against us?
God bless you and God bless Kenya.
(Sing the national anthem).
Friday, 28 September 2012
Yesterday I came home from work late. Close to 8pm for any Kenyan lady to be walking in the streets. I know Jehovah Nissi is my banner and He will protect me like He has always done. I do not take that for granted, however, to keep me walking on the streets in the dark of the night, all the time. I arrived home and made myself some quick dinner fix and settled to the laptop to check on some movies, Victor Ng’ang’a gave me (God Bless u). There is no action in them just the word. For those of you who have not watched Fireproof, Encounter and Facing the Giants, among many other sweet films, it is time you make a date with those movies. The Bible has been put in context through the makers of those films. The reason why I am talking about the makers of the films is because you need to know under what inspiration they made these films. Okay, back to the topic at hand. (This detour into other subtopics tends to occur a lot of times, just enjoy them, do not endure. It is not my wish that you endure).
I chose Jesus Camp and fast forwarded it to almost half the whole clip. It was past ten and I wanted to sleep, but I had to watch something I did not know. Maybe to enlighten myself and know what the world is doing. What I landed on was not just amazing in its sense, it was a blessing. Young children under the age of 12 lifting their hands and hearts to the Holy Of Holies in pure humility and honesty. It was a challenge to me when I saw a 9 year old declaring “enough is enough!” in the midst of sobs because she had had enough of the abortion mills in the US. Another young boy confessed before the gathering of his younger brethren and said, before the camp, he didn’t believe in God or the Bible, but after pouring out his heart before God he wanted to know God. It was his first encounter with Christ and he wanted to understand God at that tender age. Oh gosh, the embarrassment, the admiration and the challenge that these young minds pushed into my heart made me cry. I cry a lot. It is in those times of tears, tears of Gethsemane that I find Christ and I understand the word better. The soil in my heart at the time is broken and ready for the seed. I looked at a 12 year old give a sermon to that gathering and I stopped looking at his age. I saw a mighty man of God standing somewhere on a pulpit and feeding the sheep of Christ with the word. It is happening. When the Lord says He has ordained praise from the mouth of babes, they are not just spiritual; a physical younger age somewhere in the world is being prepared to take over the world. The devil knows that and he is doing everything he can to hold the children back. He wants them glued to the internet, play stations, TV and cartoons, playground (even past the hour), so that the generation raised up does not take control. Our God however is able. More than able to make a remnant for Himself, even when the world stands tainted by sin. When Elijah stood before God, in despair and said, “they have killed all your prophets, I am the only one left”, God gave him a shock on you moment. He had not only kept a remnant, it was a remnant of 7, 000 men who had not bowed to Baal. You may not be that preacher standing at the pulpit but you could be among the 7,000 men standing as a remnant of God. Rejoice that God knows you when the world does not have a clue about who you are. You are ordained of God into His kingdom. Separated for His work, called from the world of sin to represent The Light in the world. You are the salt that should kick out bad government, close down abortion clinics and ban homosexuality. I will write here and make it categorical to all who are reading this, when the Bible says something is wrong, there is no question about it, it is wrong. I do not want to be talked out of the word of God into believing what man says. The one who says something is final is God. That is why when Balak asked Balam why he could not curse Israel after blessing them, under the power of the most High, Balam said, “I cannot curse what God has already blessed”. Because in Romans it says that God’s gifts are irrevocable. Once He gives you, final, kaput, full stop it is done. No one can tunya (take it from) you.
Those children worshiped, gave praise to God, and cried “No” to abortion, bad governance, ungodly state appointments and all things evil and I cannot overemphasize what pastor Hagee often says, “The heavens got engaged”, for the sake of these children. There is an army of children that God is preparing for His conquest. No one will be left out, even the family house help will have the Holy Spirit because the word of God says so in Joel 2:28-29, “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days”.
Salvation is not only for adults, it is for all people. The Lord can use that child you are hiding from Him, just because he/ she is a child. God can use the infant in any house to raise praise; He is able to do what He says He will do. He is God. And even when things get tough and you lose the way, just remember what the first letter of John says in 1:9 that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. That is a choice-based verse. If we confess our sins… He is faithful and just, meaning you have to choose to accept that you are a sinner and that you have sinned, in order for the faithful Father, God to cleanse you and forgive you. Those children challenged me and I know if the U.S.A turned back to God today, if Kenya turned back to God today, if every continent in the world turned back to God today, I would not hear of some crap called gay rights, sex workers strikes or even a wicked man taking the presidency, no. God has conquered evil through His Son’s one and only sacrifice on that Cross. He has conquered Death and Hades and exposed the tactics of the enemy. Let me tell you, the devil does not like you one bit. He hates you for choosing Christ, for talking Christ, for breathing Christ and even for living and eating Christ. The devil cannot stand a Christian. Bearing that Name alone gives him a crazy hard time. It maddens him and I am not telling you this so that you boast, I am telling you this that you may wage war against him and all forces of darkness. Because The One to whom all authority has been given, in the heavens, earth and under the earth; who’s Name has been given to men by which they must be saved, dwells in your hearts.
Wage war against the devil night and day, wage war until the devil gets under the feet of the church. He knows you are so powerful and will try his hardest to stop you, but remember when the battle is at its fiercest, victory stands nigh. The devil is a liar, a murderer and a condemned thief. He knows where he is headed and wants to drag you to it but no, I stand under the covering of the blood of the Lamb today and with the Sword of the Spirit in my hand, in unity with all believers of Christ Jesus, we declare that the devil is under our feet. He is under the Cross feet of the Lord Jesus. He is defeated, exposed, and powerless. I know that by the Blood of the Lamb, I have been cleansed, washed free and all my debts cancelled. All my sins have gone to Forgotten Land. By the Blood of the Lamb, the Grace of God and the Gift of the Holy Spirit, the devil has no hold on me. I am the Lord’s and He is mine.
When faith fails you remember these words from God’s mouth, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. And “with My Right Hand I will uphold you.” My friend Tibi (God bless you) scripted a poem and said;
Another discouragement, another disappointment.
We try to console ourselves it’s gonna be okay
And when it’s not, our faith is swept away.
The fact that God is on our side
Doesn’t mean hard times we won't find.
But thru it all He is glorified
And His grace multiplied.
By God-given Tibi
Monday, 24 September 2012
I did not plan to go out on Friday, especially to an overnight session of prayers. I agree that the meeting of brethren is important but this Friday, this particular one, all I wanted to do was sleep. Reason being, my heart was so heavy with discouragement. James Allen (2007) says in his “As A Man Thinketh” book that “he who conquers self has conquered the greatest battle” (pp5-12). Apparently, scriptures confirm his words in proverbs 16:32, “He that ruleth his spirit is better than he that taketh a city”(NASB). Reverend A.B Simpson said that “temperance is true self-government” (Days of Heaven upon Earth, April 17), only that my war was not against anger, but against the emotional storm in my flesh. Do not get me wrong; I enjoy the presence of God, a lot only that this time, I did not want to travel across the city, in the night, to get to it. I wanted to experience it at home, or so I thought. You know, the crying, the pity party session where I would tell my weak heart that I was strong and that all things would be well, when I did not believe the confessions in my mouth. My faith was not even of the mustard seed, because it could not move a mound of soil, leave alone a mountain.
I tried working on several articles earlier in the day but the channels of inspiration ran dry within me. So what is a girl with a broken heart to do rather than sit down and think? After all, when the world is resting on your shoulders, resting is a no-no, crying is inevitable and worrying over the problem rather than a possible solution appears, to be the norm.
As I sat in front of my laptop, worrying, my friend, Allan called me up. He, in many words, insisted that I could not miss the overnight AFLEWO concert. Africa, Let’s Worship, apparently pulled drones of young people from every part of the continent. Except for the fact that my youngest aunt expressed her desire to attend, I wouldn’t have gone. Man has various plans but the final decision rests on the Lord (Prov 16:33), so fast forward into the concert and we arrived at the overpopulated NPC Karen Church on the other side of town. The two security checks at gate overlooked our foodstuffs considering that there have been terror attacks in the country lately. That is called favor, from the Lord. We settled on some pews at the back and I got acquainted with Nathaniel, my neighbor throughout the concert. Not forgetting his brother but since he spoke little, I will speak less of him.
The concert started promptly and when the vision carrier, Fred Kaberia stood up to speak, I knew it was the right night in the right place for the right girl; me. Fred had attempted suicide, lost hope and spent most of his time worrying, like I was. Now, the guy attracts sponsorships for AFLEWO, from business conglomerates like Coca Cola and from the look on his face, the hangman’s noose lost its battle. My heart lightened up. It was like warm embers to a frozen heart. The “can’t” in me lost its “t” and other than the common “Yes I can” phrase we adopted from His Excellency, president Barrack Obama, I was at rest. The storm in my heart obeyed the “be still and know that I am God”. Then the most unexpected thing happened.
The Holy of Holies came to the concert. In the midst of mumbling lips of prayer, prostrated youth and a mellow, sweet track on the piano, my tear ducts responded to a touch that was both invisible and invincible. I was overwhelmed by a presence so tangible yet unseen. It was not manly, it was divine. I was broken yet whole. My tears of sorrow, my groan of the pain of disappointment expressed a need only God could satisfy, and He did. He broke the chords of hopelessness, soothed my grieving, weak heart until I got the understanding that everything was going to be fine. How, I wouldn’t figure out, I did not have to make it out, but this guarantee settled in my mind, my heart and the core of my soul.
I now know for sure that my destiny relies in a power beyond me. As Bill Gaither sang, “because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives, all fear is gone, because I know, He holds my future and life is worth, a living just, because He lives”. This is my blessed assurance.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
I am standing in a brightly lit environment with lush green trees all around me. The carpet of grass under my bare feet feels softer than usual. It is a tingly feel of fur against natural grass. It is surprisingly well mowed and meticulously kept. The rays of sunshine streaming warmly into the position I am standing at hitting my full body and spreading over every other thing lying around. A hush whisper of the gentle morning wind against the sway of mahogany and oak trees makes a beautiful duet with the chirping birds. The air is crispy and so fresh. It is life giving air, the breath of the Spirit. The rushing calm waters on the edge of my green, warm haven carry with them a variety of goldfish, all colors present. This is not earth; it can’t be earth. The earth has beauty, serenity and calmness, but all of it is not heavenly. My spot, my safe haven, is divine. I am dressed in a casual white dress and matching light cotton shawl over my shoulders. This is where I retreat to whenever I have to escape from the patterns of the world. This is my haven of peace. Interestingly enough, the peace I allow myself to sink in is so sure, I can feel it within my mind, body and spirit. A settling calmness, almost tangible to the walls of my heart.
A bright figure walks towards me from nowhere in particular. It is the figure of a man, covered in light. Ironically, I am not afraid; it is as if I was waiting for Him. When He edges closer, He disappears, and I can feel Him closer at my back. I turn to look, and He whispers back “don’t, just surrender to Me. Fall on Your back because I am here. Looking at Me may blind you and I am not here for that”. I’m almost tempted to ask Him, “what if I fall?” before He answers that with a loving touch to my heart. That is my assurance to just trust, not ask. I let go of my will, my body slowly falls to His embrace. I did not know He had giant arms. Softer than anything I could compare, softer than a rabbit’s fur. He holds me closer to His face and my tears come hurriedly to my ducts. They flow freely. The atmosphere changes, it is a sweet melody to my ears. A scent I had never smelled before, sweet, soothing and relaxing to my whole system. Forget every nice scent you have ever come across, this one would make the world’s leading perfume manufacturer, go bankrupt. The best part is, it is free. They call Him the Son of God, Jesus Christ. I call Him the Husband of my youth. Whenever I pray, He takes me to this haven of peace and safety, where He is the Prince of Peace, the Rose of Sharon and the Lily in the Valley (NASB, Songs of Solomon 2:1).