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Faith To Move Mountains.

For so long the Israelites stayed in the wilderness on their way from Egypt to the promised land of Canaan. This was barely a distance that could be covered in a very short time but it had to take them forty years. During that period, the generation of the people who left Egypt, the ones who always complained even when God was doing good to them all had to be wiped out so that the generation that entered the promised land was a very new one.
During all this time, God was there for them. He provided water in the wilderness in mysterious ways and provided for them food in a place where food could not be found. He in addition offered them protection from their enemies and even granted them victory in battles they could never have won on their own. He made a way for them where there seemed to be no way at all. They crossed the Red Sea on a dry ground!
As if this was not enough, the children of Israel still had not developed full reliance on God. Even after he promised them that whatever ground their feet stepped on they shall possess, they still had to doubt. They still found it necessary to send spies, twelve young and energetic men, one selected from each community to go and spy the land and bring feedback to them. They wanted to rate and see if what God was giving them was good. They lacked faith!
“…Every place that the sole of your feet shall tread upon, that I have given unto you, as I said unto Moses.” -Joshua 1:3
Even after God promised that the whole earth would be saved through a descendant of Abraham, they still did not believe in Jesus. Their expectations were just the exact opposite of what the will of God was. For instance, while God’s plan was to bring salvation from sin and freedom from the bondage of legality to the whole of the human race, they expected to get a mighty earthly ruler who would establish Israel as a super power kingdom here on earth.
Today God has put this in me, that faith is very key. I have experienced times that made me doubt his greatness. I have lost phones severally and now after losing the last one, about 4 months ago, I have been praying that God gives me another one. For sure I need one, I seriously need it. For all that long I have waited but He has remained mute. Is it that he doesn’t exist? Or is it that he doesn’t hear my prayers? Is it that he doesn’t have the ability and power to deliver a result to my prayer? Is he just a good for nothing God? For sure he isn’t useless. He isn’t powerless. He has ability and authority.
How many battles has God won for us? Has he not been there for us at all times? Has he ever at any point left us to make our way alone? It’s a bare fact that our living, in whatever conditions or circumstances we are living in is just by Him. It his Him that wakes up every morning. It is Him that ensures we are alive and healthy and even when we get unwell, it is still Him that heals us and restores our normalcy. Is this not enough for us to trust Him fully? Has he not done enough yet to earn our trust?
He has revealed to me how our human desires and expectations are not in line with His anytime we are not standing at our rightful positions with Him. We pray and ask God for things, both great and small, but we forget that He too has His requirements and desires that He wants us to fulfil. Do we ever get time to just ask God what his will for us is so that we may fulfill it?
Many at times we pray and fast asking God to stretch His healing hand over us or our loved ones. We do this with faith and full trust that he will grant the desires of our hearts, but what then what happens when he chooses to do otherwise? Do we lose trust in Him? Does this make Him a liar?
It is impossible to please God without faith and worse still, it is impossible to obtain anything from Him without having faith. The word says that when we pray and believe that we have received it, then we shall have it. God wants us never to doubt Him the way the Israelites doubted.
“…and a prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise him up.” -James 5:15 (RSV)
Elijah was a man just like us but he prayed that it might not rain and for three and a half years it never rained. He prayed again and the heavens gave rain and the earth brought forth its fruit (James 5: 17-18-RSV). He had faith and was walking right with God. The bible says that the prayer of a righteous man avails much. The winds too obeyed Jesus because he was full of faith. (Matthew 8:27)
“He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” -Matthew 17:20
God is so faithful to His word that when we seek Him we shall find Him, when we knock the door shall be opened to us and when we ask of Him then he will give unto us, but this is only possible if we develop total, I mean total reliance on Him. We should never at any point doubt His promises. We’ve got to have faith!
©Kavulavu 2017

Command that Mountain in Jesus’s Name!

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says [ Mark 11:23 , Matthew 21:21 , Matthew 17:20 , Luke 17:6 ].
In the life of believers,mountains are guaranteed.He did not promise us a smooth ride;but He promised to be with us and to bring us out safely.The cornerstone of a believers walk of faith is the “the power of believing,the power of faith”

Learn to speak to your mountains. Two things there are;if u dont speak to your mountains, they will speak you.If you don’t tell them to move,they will command you to move.
Allow not your mountains to put yoi down and pluck you from your God that you love.Speak to your mountains. The key to your victory you got;Faith!it is right at your lips.Speake to your mountains. Be encouraged in the Lord.Mbarikiwe.

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Choose Today Whom You Shall Serve: God? Idols?

We live in a free world as many say, but that freedom should not in any case present us with an option of having other gods besides the Most High God- Yahweh.

I wonder even more when I see youth, to be precise, making their girlfriends or boyfriends priorities and forgetting about God. It sounds even worse when others make their passions more valuable to them than their creator. They dedicate all their time, faithfulness and commitment to human beings, or even inanimate objects! It pains the more when we human beings value our money and material possessions more than the God who created us. All these are vanity, they shall pass away as the bible says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:35, NIV)

Have we forgotten that He is a jealous God? Have we forgotten His commandments that we should not have any other gods beside Him? Or does it simply make no sense to us?

“…You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…”

-Exodus 20: 3-5

Has God not declared a great punishment and curse over those who hate Him? Those who worship gods and idols which they’ve made with their own hands?

“… punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments…”

-Exodus 20: 5-6

It is time for us to make a choice- whether to live for God and Him alone or to live for the gods we think are more powerful and important than our creator. It is high time we choose whether to go spiritual or to continue living in the carnality of this world; whether to go for His will or to live satisfying our imperfect human will- desires and envies; whether to value the eternal life He has offered to us through Faith in Jesus Christ or to continue living this temporary life and end up in hell; whether to live by commitment to him and serve Him wholeheartedly or serve him at our own convenience. We have to make this choice. But as for me, I will serve the Lord God with commitment.

 “…But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”-Joshua 24:15

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God’s Precious Investment

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” (Ephesians 1:18, NLT)

As believers in Christ, we are God’s precious inheritance. He has purchased us with the precious blood of Christ, and looks forward to spending eternity with us. 

But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13, NLT) 

God has invested a lot in you and me. He has given us time, talent, and treasure in varying degrees. We will have to give an accounting for the use of these gifts; however, we should view our time in this world as the greatest opportunity to serve in advancing his kingdom. 

He has given us the assurance of salvation: “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” (John 5:24, NLT) 

Such statements of assurance give us a positive outlook and confidence for the future. “Opportunity” is the word that pops into my mind. May God flood our hearts with the light of positive opportunity to be of service to him, and to enjoy rewards that he has for those who take advantage of his offer. Our relationship with him is “incentive driven” and not “fear driven.”

 Christ lives in us. All we have to do is to get the “self life” out of the way and to allow him to live his life through us. “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20, NLT) 

This can be our reality if we will daily present ourselves to him for his service.

Today, ask yourself: 

Do I understand I am completely accepted by God as his child? Am I trusting Christ to live his life through me?

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Our Hope!

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our “ lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” (Philippians 3:20-21, NIV)

It is amazing to think we are only passing through a temporary world, knowing the real world awaits us when our “time bubble” breaks, thrusting us into the eternal paradigm. We have the assurance that our citizenship is in heaven and that is where we are heading. In the meantime, we have the prospect of Jesus Christ returning at any moment.

This is truly a blessed hope! How encouraging to know that we will be freed from the foolishness of the wisdom and rulers of this age. 

I can hardly wait, in God’s timing, to receive a glorified body like the glorified body of Jesus Christ. This body will be beyond anything you and I can think or imagine. “Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” (Matthew 13:43, NIV) 

In the flesh we cannot even look at the sun without special glasses that protect our eyes.

In the meantime, we are to be busy in the part of God’s vineyard where he has placed us. We want to make sure we use our 3 Ts(time, treasure, talent) wisely with an eternal perspective in mind. 

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.” (Titus 2:11–15, NIV) 

We know there is more to life than the best that this world can offer. It is all going to perish. Truly we are in a desert wasteland from a spiritual standpoint. David expressed the same, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1–2, NIV) 

It will not be very long, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20, NIV) 

Today, ask yourself: 

Am I living life anticipating that Jesus Christ could return at any time? What must I do to bring my life into conformance with his will today?

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Friendship vieved from a Biblical perspective.

COMMUNITY

(Fellowship/community in this context is taken to mean a friendship/relationship)

A community is a group of people sharing a common understanding, and who reveal themselves using same manner, tradition, language and law. The church is the Christian community-the body of Christ.
Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body of Christ, you were called to peace and be thankful.

This means that each one of us is a member of Gods family; and we are chosen to live together in peace.

Psalms 133:1        Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to      dwell together in unity.
Ephesians 2:19
Consequently you are no longer foreigners and aliens; you are fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.
We are members of God’s own family, citizens of God’s country and we belong to God’s household with every other Christian.
Matthew 18:20
Where two are gathered in my name, I am there in their midst.
From the above, we learn that life is meant to be shared in form of unselfish loving, honest sharing, practical serving, sacrificial giving, sympathetic comforting and all others (the list is endless).In Matthew 18:20 God promises us that where two or three are gathered in his name, He is in their midst .This means that co-existing together as a community invites God’s presence.

Then, how can we cultivate a real community/fellowship?
James 3:18

Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
We can develop a robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if we work hard to get along with each other, treating each other with honor and dignity.
(Ephesians 4:3, I timothy 3: 14-15)
Therefore, cultivating a community requires the following virtues:

  1. Honesty-you must care enough for your fellows to lovingly speak the truth. You also should care enough to lovingly confront the one who is sinning or is being tempted to sin. Just be frank and open. (Galatians 6:1-2, Ephesians 4:25)
  2. Humility-humility is the oil that soothes and smoothens relationships. You should think more of others than you think of yourself. (1 Peter 5:5)
  3. Courtesy-you should be considerate with each other’s feelings and be patient with those who irritate us. (Rom 15:1-2, 12:10, Titus 3:2)
  4. Confidentiality-you should he ready to share your deepest needs, hurts and mistakes. But, what is shared in the group, however, should not cross to outsiders. (Proverbs 16:28). Gossip causes hurt, division and destroys relationships.
  5. Frequency-you should have regular contact and give time to each other. (Hebrews 10:25, Acts 2:46). There should be an investment of time. (1 John 3:16)

How can we differentiate between real and fake fellowship?

  1. In a real fellowship, people experience authenticity: they share their hurts, reveal their feelings, confess their failures etc.(James 5:16, 1 John 1:9)
  2. In a real fellowship, people experience mutuality: they depend on each other and build reciprocal relationships (Romans 1:16, 14;19)
  3. In a real fellowship, people show sympathy: They share in the pain of others and feel for each other. (Colossians 3:12)
  4. In a real fellowship people experience and show mercy for each other. They make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive each other. (Colossians 3:13)

PROTECTING YOUR FELLOWSHIP
Ephesians 4:3
Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.
We are joined together with peace through the spirit. We therefore should make every effort to stay together this way.

Colossians 3:14
Most of all, let love guide your life, for then the whole church will stay together in perfect harmony.

Unity is the soul of fellowship and we therefore should strive to stay united by;

  1. Focusing on what you have in common, and not your differences. We are all different and we should not struggle to be uniform. God wants unity and not uniformity. We must stay focused on what matters most. In fact, conflict is a sign that attention has shifted to less important things. (Romans 14:1, 14:19)
  2. Being realistic in our expectations: it’s obvious that people will hurt you, disappoint you and let you down, but do not leave them. divorce is a sign of immaturity (Ephesians 4:2)
  3. Choose to encourage your fellows rather than criticizing them. You should not criticize, compare or judge one another. (romans 14:4, 14:10, 14:19)
  4. Do not listen to gossip. You should have the courage of telling gossipers, “Please stop, I don’t need to know this. Have you talked to the person?” (Jude 1:18-19, proverbs 17:4, 26:20)
  5. Practice Godly methods of conflict resolution. If you have an issue, go directly to the person instead of gossiping around. (Matthew 18:15-17)
  6. Support your pastor (In case of a church) and leaders. (Hebrews 13:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:12, 1 Corinthians 10:24)

We should all understand that it is each and everyone’s responsibility to protect our fellowship (Friendships).

 

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