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WHAT PART DOES FAITH PLAY IN LIVING A HOLY LIFE?

Hello there. How have you been in this first month of 2019? I hope you are doing well. Let me say, Happy New Year! 🙂 This is my first blog of the year and I am excited. It has been a minute since I had a blog up but I plan to write more on diverse topics this year.

I do hope that you’ve set clear goals for this year and clear timelines to achieve these goals. Creativity involves two processes: Thinking then Producing. You have to visualize first what you desire to attain then work towards it. I do wish you all the best in that. On my part, I plan to engage more in films, photography and design this year. Do follow my work and inspiration on social media.

Now on to the core of this blog…a few months back as I was meditating during one of my devotions, a question popped up in my stream of thoughts: “What part does faith play in living a holy life?” This was after my evaluation of a profound change in how the Lord had helped me overcome a few addictions that had troubled me for such a long time. Sometimes when one is faced with failure after failure, there is a temptation to take the easy way out. I am here to encourage you to keep walking straight on. Don’t give in. Don’t give up.

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I do enjoy action and hero based movies. The scenes are pretty much along the same story lines. Victory is assured when you set your strongest champion at the forefront of the fight. Now victory over sin is complete when you allow Jesus Christ our ultimate savior to take the lead. 1 Corinthians 15:57 exclaims “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Only in Christ do we enjoy victory and strength to accomplish all expectations set for us. Christ has already won so we don’t need to fight and win a new battle. We only need to connect to the victory grace flowing from Him and apply it in our own lives.

What you encounter is determined by what you carry. When you carry Christ in your being, then all you will encounter is victory and whatever challenge you face will only be setting the stage to much greater victory. I believe the answer to my question on the role of faith is contained in one word – SURRENDER. You live a victorious life when you live a life surrendered to Christ and His ways. Faith keeps you focused and surrendered on the grace of God to carry you through rather than being dependent on your own strength.

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The definition of faith as given in Hebrews is: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV). The Bible is not short on detailed encounters on how different people have experienced God, heard from him or even seen Him/a part of Him (in the case of Moses seeing God’s back). It all started with them possessing faith; Unshakable confidence in the realness of an omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God. However, the greatest of these men and women had more than faith, they had developed trust. The difference between faith and trust is a ‘relationship’. Trust is to have confidence in somebody. Trust is thus formed based on a working relationship with a particular person. Oswald Chambers said “The root of faith is the knowledge of a Person.” Trust takes it a step further from just having the knowledge of a person to actually meeting them, talking to them and sharing life experiences with them.

Salvation was not meant to be ‘boring’ or restricting in the enjoyment of God given life. Salvation is a source of freedom and the life after is meant to usher and lead you to the source of that salvation – God. It is in the presence of God that one finds ultimate joy. “When you are rightly related to God, it is a life of freedom and liberty and delight, you are God’s will and all your commonsense decisions are His will for you unless He checks.” – Oswald Chambers.

My parting shot will be to urge to value your gift of salvation and honor it. Don’t follow God by feelings. God can only lift you when you express faith in him. He requires to see your dependence on him just like a toddler is depend on the father to lift him/her even when they fall. Honor your prayer time and use it to develop a greater relationship with God. May you walk a victorious life! Until the next piece, feel free to leave a comment below or share this blog with someone. Shalom.

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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