Sequel : Not so different after all!

I spoke about a devotion plan that I started reading following my incidence which I explained in the article : There’s no mistakes with God.

I got to the end of that plan and the title : Let’s choose the big picture and it tallied well with my article : Not so different after all!

Below is the devotion as well as the link to the full devotion plan.

Let’s Choose the Big Picture

It’s no secret that our world seems more divided than ever. Whether it’s political parties that can’t agree on a nation’s budget or religious groups that spew hatred toward each other, there always seems to be a tension in the relational, spiritual, and political climate of our world.

In this Plan, we’ve discussed several different things to incorporate into our relationships with people we don’t agree with. Loving people because Jesus called us to, showing respect by managing our demeanor, avoiding fruitless arguments, and empathizing with others to see life from their lens are all wise and helpful approaches. It seems too difficult a task to put differences aside, but it isn’t.

We could pre-decide that we’re going to choose people over policies and relationships over rules. What if…

…we exhibited patience?
…we chose not to be offended?
…we quit taking everything so personally?
..we changed the degrading way we talk to others?
…we focused on what we did have in common?
…we chose the big picture?

Let’s not forget that God so loved…the world. Every single soul on this planet, past, present, and future, He loves. While we’ll never have His capacity to love people, we are still called to love others.

Followers of Jesus can’t quote enough Bible verses to force someone to believe in Jesus. What we can do is represent Jesus by showing love, respect, and empathy, all covered with equal parts truth and grace.

At the end of the day, the point of loving people we disagree with is unity. Whether the issue is petty or prominent, we can choose people first. Because if we, as followers of Jesus, want people to know our Savior and Lord the way we do, that’s where we have to start. Let’s represent Jesus well so that others want to know Him. And when they do, the Holy Spirit is quite capable of leading them to adjust any viewpoints that are inconsistent with His truth.

How To Love People You Disagree With
http://bible.com/r/5DB

Not so different after all!

Allow me to use the box, but only so that I can think outside of it.

So Proverbs 22:2 says that rich and poor and just like many, my mind quickly thought of wealth, riches, material possessions. However that can’t be all there is to the story.

You know how we talk about life having many dimensions or rather different aspects or spheres to it? Well I decided to apply that to this verse.

We know the physical, emotional, economic, spiritual and the social.

Having said this, our lives tend to differ in how strong or weak we are in any of these dimensions.

Those in good health vs those battling for their lives. Those considered emotionally intelligent vs those who get so overwhelmed and then break down. Those who are privileged vs those fighting for equity and equality, rights. Those who believe their faiths are more superior than others vs those who don’t believe.

The world has put us in situations that have us magnifying our differences. Our seeming differences have us in entanglements of prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes, so much that our minds have no memories of ever being one.

The verse clearly says in our strengths and weaknesses, we have a common base: God created us all.

We are one, we just have to make a choice of whether or not we want to believe that we are one. That choice will then determine if our future going forth is worse or better.

Let that sink in.

Grateful

When I started writing on WordPress, I did not think I’d reach the amount of people I’ve reached so far. The ones I’ve reached have such positive feedback to give me and for that I am grateful. I am grateful to them for the thumbs up and the words of encouragement but above all I’m grateful to Him who gave me the gift of writing. Yes, God.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17 NIV
https://james.bible/james-1-17

I write these articles. Also write my thoughts and turn them into poetry. Below is one poem I wrote titled “Take me back.” I hope you get something positive from reading it.

Take me back. Take me back to a time of mutual respect. Take me back to a time where, though the female mostly had the duty of child bearing, division of labor served the it’s true purpose : shared burden bearing. A time where a family man stood, spear strong, providing and, protecting his family from enemies in the wild. A time where a family woman praised her husband for bringing home, yatinoti isu mbeva, as if he’d caught a whole buffalo. A time where being content was an actual action than just a word said in passing. A time where being alive was a true reflection of life and activity, a lifestyle and not just a statement of survival.

Now all I see, all I see is nothing. Yes, I’m blinded by the joke right in front of me. Not the kind that’s funny, no, because at least the funny ones have health benefits that can guarantee a bit of stress relief. I mean the kind of joke that has to be explained several times, as, in its original state, no one sends out laughter because it’s not funny, but rather a sad reality that continues to break the last small bit of life the world has left.

Now I live in a world where division of labour is a lot more like long, division of labour. It appears equal at the surface at first but, as it progresses it leans more toward one side until a couple of of figures remain carying a disproportionate number of others.


Today family does not hold the same definition. Well, nothing really does. I live in a world where definitions are truly universal but only in context. Yes, a subjective world. I mean, it’s the # advocacyforhumanrightsera, is it not? but who regulates those rights?


I live in a world where a family man can be a families man. A world where it’s okay to beat up a wife to discipline her because by becoming a husband, a man has automatically received fatherhood rights on everyone under that roof. A world where a husband’s success of suicide is so accurate because long, division of labor has set his mind upon being the sole provider that even help, in any aspect, from the actual helpmeet, has been considered the acceptance of weaknesses. After all, they all grow up being told they can do anything, the can conquer everything, they are strong, they have a voice. Sorry, hello depression, do you hear me knocking?


I live in an Era of women empowerment. Yes, women are so empowered that a girl between the age of 12 and 16 is rendered capable of raising not only a child but also taking care of a man old enough to be her father or worse, her grandfather. An Era where enough is being done but unfortunately for the girl child, this only extends till someone is famous enough or till people are tired and eventually give up on trying to deschool society. But can you blame them?

Imagine a society that unanimously agrees to say one thing but when it comes to writing the exam, they do a 180 degree turn in the name of preserving the culture; send the girl child to school, empower them but at the same time lowers the age of consent.


I live in a world where poverty is synonymous to women and children. A world where though she goes to school and is educated, she’s not whole until she has a ring on her finger and a marriage certificate. A world where a woman does everything but is not rewarded or recognized enough. A world where the same woman can look down on a fellow sister because she’s not educated. Hi, please look in between your legs before you consider her different because at the end of the day you all face the same oppression but the extent only gets more hidden and sophisticated the more education you have actually.

I live in a world where the simplified version is ideal but more time is spent on complicating life and getting people trapped in a mesh wire.

Something went wrong. Someone answer this question for me, what went wrong?

Take me back.

There’s no mistakes with God


2 years ago, I decided to join the members of our Seventh-day Adventist community in reading the whole Bible each year, every year. So we read a chapter a day and when the year finishes, we start again. I enjoy reading the book of Hebrews so around the time they started reading Hebrews, I decided to join in. I’m glad I did and it’s been a great experience.

Last year I decided to create a WhatsApp broadcast list where I’d share these Bible readings with family and friends but I want to admit that making that decision, to share, was difficult. I was afraid of how people would begin to look at me or think about me and that did not sit well with me so I started with a few people and their responses gave me strength to add more. Currently I’m sharing God’s word, each morning, 50 people at a time. I can only say that that’s God. People are appreciating the word.

This morning, I was doing the usual routine. Go online, share the word. I copied the message and pasted it. I pressed send and just after I did, I realized that I had sent the wrong message. I froze. I thought of deleting it but I remembered my cousin telling me that even if I deleted it on my chat, the message couldn’t be deleted from the individual chats on my broadcast list. I decided to do “damage control” and said, “Apologies, I copied the wrong message however, the videos are still a good watch” then I sent my usual reading.

The message wasn’t bad at all. My family and I have been watching sermons from an SDA week of prayer conducted in Atlanta in the USA last year and they are eye opening. I had been copying the links and sending to fellow SDA friends to watch with their families too.

However when that message got sent on that broadcast list, I was afraid of how some of my contacts who aren’t Adventist would take it. Would they understand? If they asked questions, would I have the answers? This scared me so much, but in that moment, after the message was sent, I remembered something, and I’m grateful to God for that thought.

I’ve been watching a TV show called, ‘God friended me.’ It’s about an atheist young man who is friended by someone calling themselves God on Facebook. I know there’s a misconception that the secular world has nothing useful to offer those who profess to be believers but I don’t agree. The secular world is full of useful information but it’s just not complete. It’s ever in a state of half true half lie but that’s an opportunity for a believer to expose the lie with the truth but as believers we hardly get excited to do that. Anyway, on this show, they always say one thing, that the ‘God account doesn’t do anything for no reason’. Sounds familiar?


The Bible says,


And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

Romans 8:28 AMP

https://bible.com/bible/1588/rom.8.28.AMP

So it got me thinking that sending that message was no coincidence. I believe that there is someone on my broadcast list who is supposed to receive the timely message in that video and when I spoke with my sister she agreed with me and said I should not feel bad because I didn’t send inappropriate information.


The Holy Scriptures say,


God gave us his Spirit. And the Spirit doesn’t make us weak and fearful. Instead, the Spirit gives us power and love. He helps us control ourselves.

2 Timothy 1:7 NIRV

https://bible.com/bible/110/2ti.1.7.NIRV

Today I learnt what fear can do. It can jeopardize a good thing. I am grateful for what God did today. I learnt of a weakness I have, I got encouraged and the way I share God’s word will never be same again.

What happened today, that was the Spirit of love. I say this because what says love, more than pushing for another person’s salvation.
I don’t think it’s also a coincidence that I started reading a Bible plan (YouVersion Bible app) today titled, ” how to love people you disagree with,” after that message was sent. It was to tell me that what happened was the right thing to happen. The disagreement, they said, isn’t just about quarreling but even differences in beliefs on the political, social, economic and spiritual spheres of life. I should not have frozen in fear because others who aren’t Adventist received the message. No. We share different beliefs in faith but that doesn’t make them less important or less worthy to know what I felt useful for salvation. God created us all, loves us all and needs us all to be saved. Heaven is for everyone.


The Bible says,


After these things I looked, and this is what I saw: a vast multitude which no one could count, [gathered] from every nation and from all the tribes and peoples and languages [of the earth], standing before the throne and before the Lamb (Christ), dressed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands; and in a loud voice they cried out, saying, “ S alvation [belongs] to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb [our salvation is the Trinity’s to give, and to God the Trinity we owe our deliverance].”

Revelation 7:9‭-‬10 AMP

https://bible.com/bible/1588/rev.7.9-10.AMP


God loved and so He sacrificed so that anyone who believes can be saved and have eternal life. Imagine, today fear was about to take away the chance to salvation for all those 50 people on my broadcast list.

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

John 3:16‭-‬18 MSG

https://bible.com/bible/97/jhn.3.16-18.MSG


My prayer is that God carries all this through and the evil never has the chance to jeopardize anything.


Below are the YouTube links to these sermons, preached by Pastor Jeremiah Davis, that I now believe did not go out by mistake :

https://youtu.be/RcA9_iUROrk
https://youtu.be/RW0BLLo1lGA
https://youtu.be/pH–D3zf9xI
https://youtu.be/sinMu2fHIWU
https://youtu.be/v0qeF0NkFrQ
https://youtu.be/UoGnZim8dIM
https://youtu.be/sncotp-romY

They are listed in the order that they should be watched:

1) Wake up
2) The real issue
3) The great clock of time part 1 & 2
4)Great work little time
5)Bell and pomegranate
6) Duty of the congregation on the day of atonement
7) Spiritual amnesia part 1 and part 2

Give Grace a call

Life is hard. Life can be so hard that you forget whose child you are.
You forget whose child you are and you take matters into your own hands.
You take matters into your own hands but let’s admit this truth: you’re only lead to destruction in most, if not all of the cases.
Destruction, which you think is impossible, but this destruction is not always visible. I’ll tell you what destruction is: pain, hurt, sadness, feelings of being overwhelmed, shame, guilt, unnecessary silence, anger. The list is endless.
It’s endless because destruction extends to anything that gets you justifying your feelings, actions and thoughts, to that small whispering voice with such a strong argument as if you’re a prosecutor in the court of law. A prosecutor aware of the fact that they do not have a substantial case so they exaggerate every “fact” they put across.
But thank God for grace. His grace which will find you in your destructive mode. His grace which picks up your sinful odour, in your deepest and darkest place of hiding and drags you out into the light.
His grace which cleans you up from inside out and leaves you with a scent of hope and full of rekindled memories of whose child you are: a child of God. The God of love, care and forgiveness.

Be hopeful. Grace is just around the corner, it’s only a prayerful call away.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9‭-‬10 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/2co.12.9-10.KJV

Physical presence is not always everything.

So I was reading Psalm chapter 135 and it got me thinking.

We’re living in the evidence-based generation. Always having to prove a point, provide proof, have tangible material.

Psalm 135 has verses which talk about idols. These idols are there, man made in silver and gold but they can’t see, hear or say anything. The chapter goes on to say that those that trust in these idols are as worthless as these very idols. That part hurt because nowadays idols aren’t just those images worshipped but objects or even people that take up most the space and time in our lives.

We are always looking for something tangible to get us by but does what we get or discover actually benefit us? After getting that proof, that evidence, are you truly satisfied because I think the more proof you acquire the more you have to continue on such a path so that one day your proof can never be dismissed.

I always say this, thank God for grace because though we don’t physically see God Himself, He sees us, He hears us and He speaks to us.

Let us not give the evil one power to blind us by convincing us that we need to physically see something, in order to benefit from it.

Many of us did not see Jesus Christ die on the cross but are we not benefitting from that gesture every day of our lives?


For the Lord will judge His people And He will have compassion on His servants [revealing His mercy].

The idols of the nations are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; They have eyes, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear, Nor is there any breath in their mouths.

Psalms 135:14‭-‬17 AMP

https://bible.com/bible/1588/psa.135.14-17.AMP


The merciful God cannot be physically seen but, His mercies are visible every hour. Trust Him.

Analogy 101



Imagine this scenario: there’s this one person. This person has the best personality. They are genuine, no inch of fakeness whatsoever. All they want to do is share their positive energy with you.

If it’s in the neighborhood, they’re that neighbor who is always ready to say, “Good morning, neighbor!” with a smile brighter than the first light of sunrise.

If it’s at work, they’re the colleague who wants to share tea and lunch breaks with you, helping you out with deadlines.

If it’s at school, it’s that student who’s ever eager to be a study partner, arranging productive study dates and sessions and always puts in the right kind of work for both of your success.

If it’s a friend, they are literally there whenever you need them, wherever and for all the right reasons.

If it’s in a romantic relationship, it’s that partner that is always present with their ears, their time, their heart and is ready to take a bullet for you.

The worst truth though, is that, none of these people can become a reality in your life as long as you’re giving excuses for why you can never be available. Imagine the loss!

I have the same sentiments toward our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our LORD and Savior is ready to give to us much more than we can imagine but He won’t force it. We have to let Him know that we need Him to come into our lives and transform it for the better!

Behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me.
Revelation 3:20 AMP
https://bible.com/bible/1588/rev.3.20.AMP

Won’t you open the door today?

Unlimited faith, the right kind of faith.

I find it hard to believe, that there’s someone in this world who has never received or experienced the gift of faith.

On Sunday, when you plan for the week, that’s faith! Before you sleep, when you plan for tomorrow, that’s faith! When you sit on that fancy, chair, those “petite” ones you sometimes find at weddings, that’s faith! Trust me, it scares me to death, the fear of embarrassment when I break the chair because it couldn’t hold my weight but, I’m so confident it won’t happen, that I sit anyway and, for those that plan for the day or, for the week, it’s that confidence that you’ll be alive that pushes you.

Hebrews 11:1 says,

Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].

https://bible.com/bible/1588/heb.11.1.AMP

Why is it a different story for other situations? Don’t worry, I’m not exempt. I am guilty too.

I plan for a whole semester till the end but when I have a glitch toward my funding, the confidence to get through is suddenly lost! I write down my aspirations, with deadlines but as I reach the deadline and progress is so silent, I lose hope!

There are many things that we put confidence in. Many scenarios that we automatically apply our faith to. Would it not be great too, if when it comes to God and matters of our spiritual life, we also automatically change to faith mode: letting go and, letting God lead.

Don’t limit yourself. Satan can throw many stones at you, stones that only leave you in doubt mode but, by the grace of God, have the courage to show him that you won’t let your faith be limited!

Why sit we here until we die?


Hope. A four letter word but the results, much more beyond that. Tariro – Shona translation of hope, meaning to look forward to.
How do you look forward to something? I mean, how do you look forward to something when it’s not without a background story, a source, a foundation? Plainly asked, how do you look forward to something if you don’t believe that it is actually possible? Faith. But also, what is the source of that faith? Where is the inspiration? 1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now these three remain : faith, hope and love…” I’d say that it’s a cycle really. You believe, as a result of the love and then you harvest hope.

2 Kings 7:3-4 gives a glimpse of the story of four leprous men posing the question: “why sit we here until we die?…” They weighed their options and concluding that both would still end in death, they decided to suffer death at the hand of the Syrian army because at least there, there was hope for an actual meal.

Let me just brief you a bit: Leprosy is considered contagious. It tore one apart, even in a state of “aliveness”. It was not a pleasant scene. If you had leprosy, you lived outside the city walls and your family brought your meals to you out there. This was under normal circumstances but this time, the nation was struck by a famine. I could only imagine that, even the little food that was available was still too little for those within the city walls therefore the lepers were quite starved.

The rest of the story shows the lepers going into the Syrian camp but they found no one because God caused the army to hear chariots so the Syrians fled to save their lives. The lepers got their meal, they got supplies and even managed to alert their nation and save them from the famine as well.

These four men believed that something could be achieved and they marched in, looking forward to that achievement.

We are under attack. In fact we have been under attack since the day the first humans learned to disobey God. Our world is in shambles and the enemy is ever before us, to kill, steal and destroy but just like the lepers, we ought to ask ourselves, “why sit we here until we die?…” John 3:16, ” For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but, have eternal life.” There is our answer. Our meal in a Syrian camp. Thank God for grace, that the enemy has been defeated already, at the cross on Calvary. What we need to do is believe that and, our hope is renewed and our salvation made sure.

Adversity will be there. It can be quite exaggerated as well: a toothless dog barks the loudest. Satan knows very well that he is powerless and has little time therefore, he invests so much effort, so as to instill such fear in us that we are left paralysed and falsely defeated. But then our Father says, “Fear not, for I am with you… (Isaiah 41:10)

Psalm 84:11-12 makes known that God will not withhold anything good (that’s love) from those who take the blameless walk (… for without faith it is impossible to please Him…Hebrews 11:6)

With God’s love and your faith, I am convinced that your hope is forever restored and if death is to find you, at least you have a secure eternal life in Jesus Christ, at the second coming.

“Now these three remain: faith, hope, love. But the greatest of these is love”; ” For I am convinced that neither death nor life,… nor any powers,… will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” ; ” What, then, shall we say… If God is for us, who can be against us?…” Romans 8:28-39

Does it make Him wonder?

Background to the story. For the past 3 months my data consumption has been off the roof. I’m talking about finishing up a monthly supply, within a week, so I decided to realign. Get off social media. At some point I also wanted to detox so an opening presented itself.

My worry now was, what was going to happen to all the people that I was sharing daily scripture with? Well, for this, I decided that I’d just pray for them every day as I read the word for the day, so that was covered.

The next worrisome thing was this. Is anyone actually going to feel my absence and if so, are they going to look for me or they’re just going to wait for the day I get a data boost and resume my online conversations with them? This just put me into a whole different kind of mode and it was very unsettling and also psychologically damaging.

However, in that moment, a whole different thought struck me. When I’m not in His presence, does God wonder? Where is she? What has become of her? Is she okay? What is wrong? Does she not like me anymore? Confusion, anger, worry, annoyance. All these negative feelings.

Well, I got to this conclusion. I don’t think God wonders, after all He knows and sees all. What I think He does is feel pain. My child is lost, she’s wandering, she must be scared, helpless, weak and prone to attack but I’m right here, has she forgotten?

There it is, He is right there. Therefore as I decide to detox of the world, seeking answers to questions that only God understands and respond to, I will remember that He is right there, through the Holy Spirit, ready to embrace me back into His arms and His presence.

You might want to get the bigger picture. To actually stop and refocus but then you have so many mixed feelings about it. I just want to encourage you today: let go, He’s right there.