When God is a “blind man”

There is an African proverb that says this;

“if a blind man tells you that he will throw a stone at you, he probably has his foot on one”

When it comes to faith, we do not have to worry about how God will be able to do what He says he will do.

He is

Omnipotent

Omnipresent

Omniscient

And,

He is

Able to do far more than you can ever think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20)

We just have to believe!

Or on a less serious note,

If God says He will throw a stone at you, He surely has his foot on one.

Blessed day!!!

When men fall short

Today, I will like to share with you this message (link below) by TD Jakes and some key quotes from the message that I found interesting. Some of these quotes touch on the dilemma of being a man, especially in the 21st century and some possibly providing “answers” to some dilemmas. Enjoy

When Men Fall Short

“Has society set us up to fail?”

“How can I be a good man to a woman who enjoys being a good man?”

“When you pride yourself on doing what I used to do, have you not worked me out of a job?”

“You have moved into the positions we used to have and we don’t have a role to play and yet we are commanded to be on the set?”

Why do you need us?

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“It’s hard to be a good man to a woman who never had a man in her life at all, because you have to live up to what she   imagined”

“There is not a good man in this room who is not trying to who you love, “there”…”

“…the dilemma of the man is;

if I manage to have progress, I do it by not being present, and if i am present with you, then I have to leave the horses and give up on progress…”

Jesus hates fruitlessness

In today’s post, I would like to share with you a summary of a message preached by Reverend Balisasa (if I remember the name right) that has stayed with me for about 7 years. I cannot remember the title he gave to the message, but what I remember is this; he explained to me why Jesus cursed the fig tree…, it was not because of His hunger, it was because the fig tree deceived him.

I am sure that if you have lived a few decades on earth already, you may know that old saying; all that glitters is not gold” or more importantly, you may be getting used to the fact that most people are not what they appear to be once you get closer to them. But if there is something I have come to understand about the Lord Jesus, He never seemed to get used to that, in fact, he seems to have hated it.  For example, He called the Pharisees “whitewashed” tombs, white on the outside, but inside was dead man’s bones. And from Reverend Balisasa’s expose’ on the fig tree, Jesus cursed the fig tree not because of His hunger but because it did not have what it claimed to have.

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In his message, Reverend Balisasa highlighted some important characteristics of the fig tree that helped to expose a deeper understanding of what Jesus did in cursing the fig tree. Firstly, even though figs bear fruit twice or thrice a year, depending on the climate and other conditions of the area, figs can fruit up to ten of the twelve months. Secondly, an interesting characteristic of the fig tree is that its fruits appear before its leaves. Finally, because its fruits remain green for a long time and its leaves were broad enough to cover them, the fruits can easily blend into the leaves. (supporting sources:https://www.gotquestions.org/curse-fig-tree.html, http://www.bibleplaces.com/fig-trees/)

Since I promised you a summary, I will make it this way; 1. Since the fig fruit appears before fig leaves, it is easy to assume that a leafy fig tree has “fruity” fig tree. 2. Since some fig trees could fruit early and some almost throughout the year, a leafy fig tree should be either one of those early fruiters or prolific fruiters, yet this one, in Jesus’ case, was none of the two.

The Lesson: Jesus may be attracted by our and your visible display of religiosity (prayer, church attendance and contribution and may be evangelism) to look for fruits (love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, patience, faithfulness and self-control) on the day of His hunger, and as true fig trees, let’s be sure to bear  fruits before our leaves.

 

 

An Open Letter To The “Godly” Man Who Didn’t Want Me

I liked this piece because I believe it will be of great help and encouragement to the true christian gentlemen who may have to do this to ladies they otherwise truly loved…

Return of the Godly Woman

[For the purpose of this letter, let’s call him Michael.]

Dear Michael,

You’ve been on my mind lately.

Almost three years ago, we met and instantly I was attracted to you. There was something about you that I noticed from a distance–something special. It wasn’t until we began to communicate that I realized it was God.

The two of us could talk for hours about pretty much anything and I was captivated by how smart, friendly, and gentle you were. I could spot you in any crowd of our college campus because you didn’t look like everyone else, didn’t speak or walk like everyone else. You were salt. You were light. You were bearing fruit.

And I liked you. A lot.

But you checked me for fruit and couldn’t find any. I wasn’t ready for someone like you, and you knew that, even though I didn’t. So you never let me…

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You will not understand the world and the world will not understand you II

I will like us to begin this new year with a look at another form in which living on earth may seem to be a hectic task for a true Christian and this has to do with dealing with people who do not appreciate your Christian nature.

One of the most difficult kinds of people to deal with are those who do not see your value. Indeed, these may be people you care about dearly but who do not value what you value. They are those who do not see you for what your are; a true Christian and deal with you as if you are like everybody else. They will treat you as a liar because every person they may have met has lied to them and as such may not believe the truth you tell them. They may doubt the truth  of your qualities and capabilities and may even seem to be consciously searching for any sign of weakness or failure in your character or person. They may be quick to express their disappointment in you at the least show of blemish in your character or qualities. How are we to deal with these people? Let me share with you a simple lesson I learnt- You are primarily accountable only to God and then to godly people. As indicated in the translations below;

But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man

(1 Corinthians 2 vrs 15, KJV).

The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one

(1 Corinthians 2 vrs 15, NET Bible).

“But the spiritual man [the spiritually mature Christian] judges all things [questions, examines and applies what the Holy Spirit reveals], yet is himself judged by no one [the unbeliever cannot judge and understand the believer’s spiritual nature].”

(1 Corinthians 2 vrs 15, AMP)

 

The only question is this; are you a spiritual man

You Will Not Understand the World and the World Will Not Understand You I

 

There is one thing I have come to realize about the journey towards an extraordinary life; you will not understand the world and the world will not understand you.

Longsuffering (forbearance, Galatians 5:22, KJV) is one fruit of the spirit you may have to bear all the days of your life if you want to be able to live in this world. A Spirit-filled and a Spirit-led life will have to be lived in a “heathen” world; a world where Christians can be carnal and the Pastor who counsels you in a particular way in a particular situation is not able to live up to his own counsel when he is faced with a similar situation. A world where people you love dearly, hurt you the most. How do we deal with these?

Know from whom you have learnt these things; knowing the actual source of what you know and live by is important in knowing what decisions to take when you realize that fellow Christians or even Pastors are not able to live up to their own counsel. You may feel deceived, cheated or even hurt. Jesus shared a nugget of wisdom on this topic- Mattew 23:1-3; Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples: 2.The scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3. So practice and observe everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. It is best to accept Christ as our standard for life and not men, neither a fellow Christian nor Pastor. Do not be surprised when you are hurt by people in the church, they should have been different, but the hard truth is- they are not altogether different. We are all striving to meet the standard, that is, the Word.

Helpful resource: When You’re Hurt by the Church

Surviving in the Mist of Failure II

In our article “Surviving in the Mist of Failure I” we discussed the important concept of dealing with the shadows of your failure by adopting a victor mentality rather than a victim mentality. Adopting the victor mentality is important as it helps us to keep our mind focused on the right things so as to move our lives beyond our point failure.

One other important concept in the matter of failure is the temptation to give up our God-given principles that seemed to have led or contributed to our failure. I will like us to discuss this concept under the subtopic- Don’t Get Beaten Down into Giving Up.

Human pressure (pressure from friends, colleagues, parents and spiritual leaders) may be one of the most effective weapons that fights our will to hold on to God-given principles in the face of failure. This pressure becomes even more fatal when it comes from people we have trusted or still trust. But how do we deal with such pressures especially now that we may have “failed” while applying some of our strongly held principles.

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Let me share with you three ideas I learnt in the mist of failure;

1: Know from whom you have learnt these things (2 Timothy 3:14): what is the source of your principles, if they are from God and living by them grants you inner peace, keep them. If they are self-made, re-examine them in the face of God’s word; never say never until God says never.

2: Do not take the advice of those who demonstrate little or no understanding of the truths of your situation, unless you have a clear inner witness or direction from God to do so.

3: Do not take the advice of those who base their confidence or argument in fleshly knowledge or convictions (blind physical evidence) or unguarded emotions (anger or excitement). This idea is especially critical when the matter has a spiritual component. Spiritual matters are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2: 13-14). These lessons, I have learnt, also apply to people you trust, you have to discern the times when their advice is not in line with God’s ways.

Why Men Die- How to Understand Men

Surviving in the Midst of Failure I

Failure comes to us one way or another, no matter how hard we work to avoid it. And especially if you are working to live an extraordinary life, even the “smallest” of failures may be to you a gaping gap in the “perfect” life you want to live.

Missed opportunities, failed relationships, speaking the wrong word, accusing or being accused wrongly may be examples of nightmares or daytime horrors that we may not be able to get over. But that may just be the beginning of our horror stories. The worst part of these stories come when we have to live in the “eternity” of the consequences of these failures.

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When you have to unavoidably see eye to eye with the woman you had a painful divorce or broken relationship with on a regular basis, or the boss whose money you lost in an erroneous investment decision that is still haunting the company.

Living with consequences or circumstances that arise out of a failure you have experienced is a constant reminder of the error or sin that led to the consequence and a haunting experience that nobody may be able to understand or bear with you fully. But what should be of outmost importance should be how to survive and thrive in such a situation.

A first step to survival is to overcome the tendency to constantly remind yourself of the error or sin that has opened the door to the many “evils” that may now be tormenting you. Constantly reliving the error or sin in your mind keeps you stack at the level of your failure and makes you a victim of your failure. It also constantly opens up afresh all psychological and emotional wounds that were born by your error or sin and makes you more vulnerable to attack from other psychological and emotional predators such as depression and self-loathing. Wounded animals attract further attacks and that is why as Dr. Mike Murdock encourages, you will need to avoid the victim mentality.

The victim mentality focuses on the error or sin that has generated the circumstances or consequences you are facing while the victor mentality (although admits error or sin and learns from error while confessing and repenting from sin) focuses attention on finding solution to the currents situation and on the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross which is greater than all sin and by which all sin can be forgiven. The victor mentality focuses on the fact that in ALL things we are more than conquerors through Christ who redeemed us (Romans 8: 37).

Alex Zanardi: An Extraordinary Man

With less than a liter of blood left in his body, Alex Zanardi’s heart stopped seven times and he was read his last rites by a priest on the helicopter ride from the Eurospeedway to the hospital.

Fifteen years on from the day his car and body were severed/cut in two, the former F1 and IndyCar driver enters the history books as a three-time Paracycling gold medalist..

The Italian could have turned away from elite sport forever, but his injuries have been life-threatening as well as life-changing; today, Zanardi considers his appalling accident one of the greatest opportunities of his life.

“Normally I don’t thank God for these type of things as I believe God has more important stuff to worry about, but today is too much, I had to raise my eyes and thank him,” Zanardi told reporters after the race (2016 Paralympics).

“I feel my life is a never-ending privilege.”

Now at 49, the Italian overcame men half his age to take the title, despite originally taking up the sport to keep fit.

A few things to learn from him

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