Do not worry

WORRY NOT

A beautiful sight

It was a pleasant sight. My gaze was fixed, unfaltering as I watched them. Legs crossed and seated on the bed, looking through the window at the little birds playing in the light showers that came after the heavy rain earlier. The excited chirps filled the chilly air with lightness as they jumped into water puddles, ruffled their feathers and flew away. It was a good distraction for me. God’s small creation always amazes me in big ways.

Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This passage resounded in that moment. When you’ve had a busy week but feel like you got nothing done and dreams that brought joy are a pain when you have been chasing them for so long without fulfillment…sigh. Anyway, that was the moment I was in and when I was reminded of this verse I could not come to terms with it. Maybe I have been staring at my problems for too long instead of focusing on Christ. I pray that God will make this word solid in my daily life.

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Let go of worry

George Burns, American actor and humourist said, “If you ask, ‘What is the most important key to longevity?’ I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” Burns, who lived to be 100, enjoyed making people laugh and apparently followed his own advice.

Many a times we are consumed with the worry of when will I buy this or that,  school completion, work and we drive ourselves crazy with nonconstructive thoughts. Worry does not add anything to us, as a matter of fact it takes away our confidence. In the passage above Christ is calling us to a place of surrendering our anxiety and worry and taking on His peace. A place of trusting Him as the shepherd and provider of our lives.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6‭-‬7 NIV) Instead of being consumed by anxiety and worry, we are set free to enjoy God’s love for us and express it to each other.

“God is my father, I will never think of anything that He will forget, so why should I worry?” – Oswald Chambers

We are called to LIVE! There is so much more to life than achieving milestones that the world declares to be important. A change of perspective is necessary in living a faith filled life. Rejoice in the little things. Engage in activities that make you happy. Start off the week by placing your trust in Christ and throw out the shreds of worry that threaten you daily.

 

Video of the week

Enjoy the video below. Have a blessed week.

🎵 So long bye bye. Goodbye to my pain and my sorrow! 🎵

KNOWLEDGE FOR CREATION

Pretty strange to publish blog posts on two consecutive days…huh? Well, I figured this was too long a post for social media and I wanted to share as soon as I could. My energy tonight has been at crazy extremes and my spirit is just too excited for the new beginnings rising out of this year.

So yesterday (1/8/2017) the Holy Spirit tagged at my heart to take a walk back to town from Upper Hill, just a silent walk, no earphones blazing cool tunes which I rarely move without. Well, I thought the walk was just because it did not make a big difference between walking and hitching a bus ride since there was so much traffic at that late evening hour and I would literally get to town at the same time while walking as those KBS buses. However, by the time I got to the streets of Nairobi,, the reason was quite clear and I could focus on the seed that He planted in me. Sometimes the Holy Spirit just longs for time alone with you, avail yourself to Him.

With every new year, we tend to go with the flow of the new year’s excitement, then just hold onto hope that the year will be better than the last one. You gotta change how you do things to see a different result. Get in line and make 2018 instead of waiting for the year to be favourable to you; gaining new knowledge with every beginning, with every new dawn. Then with the knowledge gained, create; bring to reality what others cannot grasp with their mere thoughts.

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I am a silent person by nature. That is just part of my character built over many years. I listen for long periods of time before I give my say and most times if the conversation is not directed at me I might not utter a word. Silence keeps one from trouble is a good proverb ? Am not really an introvert but an ambivert. I tend to talk more when the conversation is natural and I love extroverts who complement my character though if you keep talking too much and repeating the same point over and over yet I understood it two minutes ago, I will get bored and run away from you ??? I am sorry if I you are on my unconscious list of MARK AND AVOID but that is just me, you have somebody else out there for you ?. and I do enjoy events where I can socialize and have fun with friends.

So all that explanation on silence was just to bring you to the reason for the behind this post. Someone one year back, while in a group setting mentioned that I possess a lot of lessons to share with people but I do not. It got me thinking I should share more…and now ta..da the season is here. It is amazing how God can work on you consistently until you grow to where He desires you to be. This was just a reminder of what had began one year ago.

So, this year I plan to learn something new everyday to empower my creative being. Some lessons will definitely be flashbacks to secrets and principles I previously overlooked. I will be sharing across social media (Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @phoenixthadj) some of the lessons that I have learnt in the past as well as those that I will learn over 2018 using the hashtag #KnowledgeForCreation. I do not promise to share daily, some lessons may just be for my own personal growth.

Am grateful for my spiritual father Prophete Joel Lutuka. He has worked to achieve such great spiritual levels and has become an amazing example of how much one can enjoy life in Christ. I have indeed learned a lot from him directly or indirectly. My sharing will be based on what the Holy Spirit drops in me during this season of grace. Aye, you are most welcome to engage me. Happy learning!

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THE MULTIPLICATION MIRACLE

John 6:5-14 (NKJV) 5 Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” 6 But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. 7 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” 8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” 10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”

Two hundred denarii were actually eight months’ wages. Philip was saying this because that is how impossible that situation seemed. But as we all have experienced, it all seems impossible until it is done. Haha…well this was just a question directed at Philip only to test him; only to gauge how high his faith was and how far his vision could stretch. Somebody interrupts this exchange though; Andrew was explaining how a lad had 5 loaves and two small fish among the crowd. There was a portion but that portion was not enough for everyone present to benefit from it. My spiritual father (Prophete Joel Lutuka) always tells us how we must work on exciting the anointing of God in the man of God if we are to see any miracle. Well, Andrew knew how to do that. He gave Jesus something to work with. He gave Jesus a way to feed people by locating a lad who had food. A question keeps turning round in my mind: Did the lad always eat that much? Or was it already in his heart as he came to this particular meeting that he would share his lunch with a few more people? If that was the case then, his heart desire was fulfilled in a much greater way than he could ever imagine.

Jesus instructed the people to sit down but wait…was the environment conducive for that?

“10 Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.”

Would have the people sat down if the ground was muddy? You have to realize that the environment that you are operating in really matters. When people are in an environment where they are uncomfortable in, they will be less attentive and less productive. This is something that leaders; whether in a church setting or at work, should work on – providing or creating conducive environments for people under them to thrive in. I have seen a simple atmosphere making people able to interact freely and just laughing their hearts out yet they are merely strangers and another where even the closest of friends would be completely silent.

Nature_Sprout_under_glassThe first principle of multiplication is that you have to have something in your hand. It is from what you have that you will get more. It’s from the idea that you have that you can create a sustainable business, it is from your planting that you can receive a great harvest. Jesus took what He had in His hand and started with giving thanks. This in itself is so profound. Many people own things yet they are always complaining about what they do not have. They look at where they want to get to but they forget that a process is involved in getting there. Their portion therefore cannot be increased because they are blinded by their greed without knowledge. God is interested in knowing what you think about what you have before He can give you more. Your complaining keeps your portion from being increased. Jesus gave thanks and gave the bread to the disciples to distribute to the people. He did the same thing with the fish. The disciples for sure were in amazement. Can you imagine giving out bread and more just comes out of nowhere? And in the end there was a surplus of 12 baskets left, from only 5 loaves! It is not a wonder that many from that particular miracle many believed that Christ was the one sent from God. There are just some things that cannot be done without God having a part in it.

I do thank God for the grace that is working for us in this present age. What took years to be accomplished is can be done in less than a month as long as you are connected to the one who supplies the grace. The grace for multiplication is certainly there. The only question is whether we have the right knowledge to make it work for us. More so, we have the grace to multiply and increase in our relationship with our heavenly father. One mistake I have been corrected from is in the area of my prayer life. Prayer should not only be about asking for things from God but about building a relationship with God. It is a direct line to our heavenly father that many tend to use only when it comes to asking. God desires to have your time, to spend hours with you just talking just as close friends would. How I long to get to the level that Moses was operating at – of speaking with God face to face! It is often that people received their multiplication out of their hard work but how much better is it if you just plug in to the grace and have an overflow in your life!

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