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YOUR LIFE IS NOT DRIED UP YET

Hello there. I hope that you have been well these past two weeks. Let me just start off by saying, ‘I love how the Holy Spirit works!’ Today I was really yearning for something new to share on my blog and somebody was sent my way with such a powerful word. So I will deviate a bit from my planned post and hopefully the same will be ready by next week. Also today’s blackout was a blessing in disguise, because I would have been so engrossed in work that I wouldn’t have the time to quietly complete this post. So get your cup of tea or coffee to batter the cold and let’s dig in.

John 5:4-9 [KJV]

4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

There are so many different lessons and revelations that one can get from one portion of scripture. The more you listen to and meditate on any scripture, the deeper you understand it. Most of the time it is God using the Rhema word to speak into your situation. This is one such portion that I have learnt so much from. A story is told of an invalid who had been in this condition for 38 years. This man had spent almost four decades in crisis. Can you imagine that? In that period of time in today’s world, someone would have been born, grown up, graduated, married and had kids! When you’ve been in such a situation for that long, your purpose could be blurred, hope might have been lost after losing an opportunity that you long for time and again. The word says that an angel stirred the water at a given season and whoever jumped in first was healed of their disease. This occurrence did not happen that often. Seasons are not specific to years or weeks. Some seasons once passed might come back around even after ten years. Thus anyone who was hoping to be the first to jump in had to be sensitive and be ever alert because the angel could come at any time.

But…Jesus came along and saw him. This guy had been not lost hope. Maybe every time someone jumped in before him, he moved closer and closer to the pool and refused to give in. When Jesus asked him “Do you want to get well?” he started giving his story but Jesus cut him off and told him to get up and in that instant he was healed. We might be so caught up in our problems that we just start talking too much about what has been happening when help finally comes our way. If not careful, our subconscious might get so adapted to that new low that the possibility of normalcy seems ridiculous. Constantly speak hope to yourself, constantly remind yourself that the low you are currently in is not what God has planned for you. We have to be specific when God asks us what we want. God knows your situation and that’s why He has made or makes that visit.

This man’s situation shows how sometimes it is only God that can understand what you are going through. People might be around you but are unable to help. Medicine might be available but only God holds your healing! So stop focusing on people and focus on God as your deliverer. A similar account is found where the woman who had the issue of blood for 12 years was healed the instant she touched Jesus’ cloak.

Luke 8:43-44 [NIV]

43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.

44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

Your restoration can only come when you connect yourself to the life-giver. Restoration comes when your mindset changes to believe that with God, anything is possible. When you become connected, it no longer matters how many years found you in dryness and despair because just like Ezekiel you can prophecy to your situation and it will come together and live again.

Ezekiel 37:2-3 [NIV]

2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

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Needless to say, your situation has not gone as far as you being dead, and years being rotten and eaten away to the point of becoming very dry bones. You are not yet cut down, and if you are, you can sprout again. All you need is a scent of water, all you need is to hope again in God.

Job 14:7-9 [NIV]

7 “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.

8 Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,

9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.

 

All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise stated. Drop your comments and thoughts on the above post in the box below. Like and share the post if you have been blessed. See you on the next one.

THE SIMPLE THINGS

Many things are not going how I would love them to work out but when I see the little things that God does for me, my heart can only burst out and sing “All things are working for my good”.

Recently I have come to learn of the great significance that one item can bring. One person can determine whether you are fulfilled or whether you feel lonely. One minute while your life is on the line can determine whether you will survive or you will die. In a minute, you can lose a life changing opportunity or you can be introduced to a destiny helper who can change your life forever.

The number one is mainly associated with new beginnings and all beginnings carry hope. Hope in itself is quite profound. A spark of hope in one’s heart can drive a man to climb up a freezing mountain with only a ‘shuka’ wrapped around him haha…(it can drive you to achieve what you thought was impossible). Hope is the fire that lights up one’s dark world. It brings a shine to one’s eyes and changes the way they see their future by giving a new perspective to the things we see around us.  The presence of hope can determine whether a person lives and its lack unfortunately can literally kill somebody right from the depths of their soul.

Our greatest hope as Christians however is rooted in Christ. Galatians 3:28 says “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” This speaks of the grace of salvation; a grace that accepts us despite our titles, faults or even our current identities and makes into one entity (the body of Christ).  Personally, I love speaking of this grace that set me free because one can only share of a goodness that they have personally tasted. And ohh how good it is, a grace where our sins are forgiven whenever we approach the throne of God and repent. This is evident in Zechariah 3:9 “and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.” It does not matter how long you have thrived in sin, when you decide to turn to God in repentance and a broken heart, He forgives your sin in that very instant. This hope gives us an assurance of the impossibility; a home where riches flow through the street; receiving a love we did not deserve  by doing one simple thing – accepting Him.

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Recently I was taught about the ‘Fight for Peace’ and the teaching just changed my way of thinking. There cannot be peace if a war has not been fought. Taking the case of David as an example; Israel before and during the time of David was constantly involved in wars. David in particular started fighting from the time he was a young boy acting as a shepherd by killing a lion and a bear that came to plunder the sheep. He was then able to kill goliath when all the men in the town were shaking out of fear of the great giant. Further down in his rule, David eliminated all his enemies that meant to do him harm. He was a man of valor; a man of war.  In fact, he spilled so much blood that God did not allow him to build the temple. Solomon his son was tasked with that work. However, all the fighting war not in vain. It is important to note that during Solomon’s reign, there was peace throughout the kingdom. This peace was as a result of the fighting that David, his father, had been involved in. Practically everyone wants to be successful and live in peace in a good home, able to provide for their livelihood… and this begs the question, what are they doing to get there? Before success there has to be the work put in place to achieve it. Without this simple attitude, you will not get anywhere.

One of my greatest inspirations has got to be my dad. He is a real fighter, that’s for sure. He is not one to give up when pursuing what he puts his mind to. With all that the world has thrown at him, he would have been a gooner if he didn’t possess the will to fight. “You have to realize that what you desire to achieve will not come to you easy; there will be struggles that you have to act wisely to get across” is something he reminds me. Life is mainly about how you perceive what comes your way.

“A man who fears hell on earth shall be broke but him who lives by the fear of God shall be rich” – Prophete Joel Lutuka

Many things are not going how I would love them to work out but when I see the little things that God does for me, my heart can only burst out and sing “All things are working for my good”. Indeed God is good. Never doubt His goodness just because you cannot see past the obstacle in front of you. Enlarge your vision and keep pushing on. Be able to recognize the little things. Recognize the one person that speaks words of encouragement which strengthen your spirit; The hope and dreams deep inside you; the daily effort you need to punch it to live your dream; The investment that will earn you millions many years later. When you are able to do so, these simple things will result into life changing moments.

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