Cursed? Not me!

Yesterday evening, we were having a walk with my best friend and just sharing on a few things that we had learnt after a very powerful bible study. The topic of the bible study was, “When You fall down, pick something up”, and one of the sub topics happened to be jealousy and envy. So we got to be asking ourselves a lot of things and in the process an interesting topic came up.

Jeremiah 17:5 says

5Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind

And makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD.

The question that gave rise to this topic was, “what does it really mean to put your trust in man?”

You see, there are two connotations to the passage. One, when we put our trust in man, we make man our idol. You see, many times we really look up to our close friends and partners to do this or that. We really bank on so and so to help us do this and that. We put so much focus, energy, strength, hope and faith on them hoping that since we are close to them in some way, they would not let us down. Our shift focuses on looking unto God as our source and looking unto man, what then happens? God chucks, coz He can’t stand it. He is a jealous God, He does not share His glory with any man, and He hates idolatry with so much passion that on a day, thousands died and others consumed, actually over 14000 of them.

The second point is, you see, man has a tendency to want to blame someone or something for a particular failure and the like. So when something goes wrong, there is comfort in the fact that at least someone, and not necessarily you, has to answer for the purported atrocity. When we put our trust in man and man fails us, many times we turn to God and start complaining about this or that, we start blaming God and asking Him why it is only us who people find it so easy to fail us and persecute us. In doing this, are we not being very unfair to God?  Furthermore, this attitude always opens a door way to the enemy and he torments us, hence being cursed.

Jeremiah 17:7-8,

On the contrary, blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They (he/she) will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit

Let us seize from this behavior and put our trust in God. Only he knows us, only He understands our weaknesses, and He cares. Let us put our trust in Him. He will use whatever means that seems best to Him to bless us. Ok?

So from today onwards, never put your trust in man: you are cursed if you do!

My funniest weekend

I had one of the funniest weekends of my life, where I had a wedding and a funeral, all at the same time.

My longtime friend Lorna Kembero was wedding and I was part of the groom’s party. After a long period of planning and a lot of tasks here and there, the day was fast drawing near and the preparations were on top gear. Just a week to the wedding day, actually, the Thursday preceding the wedding week, I receive a call from my uncle but was unable to pick it up since I was held up in a missions organizing committee. So on Fri 11th October 2013 early in the morning, he calls to inform me that my cousin Violet, had rested(polite word for died).

I was shocked. A lot of things and questions and issues flooded my mind and for a moment I was speechless as to what to do. Finally, I dropped everything and ruched to her place, where I met my aunt (her mother), my cousins (her siblings) and friends. After a few formalities, we resorted to going to the mortuary.

When I lay my eyes on my cousin, she lay there; so beautiful, but speechless; so calm and quite. She seemed to be having a nice afternoon nap and it felt rude to wake her up. I wanted to ask her a lot of questions for you see, she was not even sick at the time of her death, actually she was just found lying on her sofa foaming from the mouth, dead. No one actually knows the cause of her death; it was so perplexing and disturbing. The postmortem (autopsy) showed that she had suffered a heart attack, but no one actually knows what really caused the heart attack. Anyway, we had to face it and begin making the funeral arrangements.

As all this was going on, amidst the arrangements and the trauma, I got to be asking Jesus a lot of questions. How would someone so good, so loving, so kind, just die like that? Would I meet her in the morning when Christ comes back? Was she happy wherever she was? Could she have done anything to evade her death? Was it His will that she died?

cross

Then in a still voice Jesus anwered. In John 11:25, in His answer to Mary, He said

Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”…

And Jesus  whispered to me, I am the resurrection and the life. Again in Romans 6:22

22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.

And suddenly God’s peace filled my heart. The emphasis in these scriptures is, we should put our faith, love and trust in Jesus. Life in itself and all it has to offer is just but vanity, only Christ has the real deal. If today was your last day, what would be your greatest desire? What would be your fate? Would you rest in peace or in turmoil? Would you have home for living yet again with Jesus?

If you want to live even after you die, say this prayer:

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that in me is a desire to do good, but I am a sinner, in need of your mercies. Forgive me for all my wrong doings. Wash me by your precious blood and make me into a new creation. May I live for you for all of my days.

Amen.

If you have said this prayer, congratulations, welcome into the fold. You are now born again. Drop me a message testifying of God’s goodness and I will gladly rejoice with you and walk with you.

Baraka (Blessings)

What a Friend we have in Jesus

What a friend we Have in Jesus

It was a hot afternoon and I was in my room just resting,  when I had a song in my heart

What a friend we have in Jesus

Initially, I sang it just like we all do during our devotionals and all of that but as I was singing, the Holy Spirit was like, “wait a minute buddy, do you really understand the words of the song you are just singing?’
My curiosity took a better part of me and I thought, “why not? Let me look at it keenly.” And that is just when it downed on me how powerful the words in this beautiful song by Joseph M. Scriven. I have broken down the verses in lay language; so just follow through John’s whole though process from this poem to his Mum which later became one of the most celebrated hymn songs.

   What a friend we have in Jesus,

   He bares all our sin and grieves

   What a privilege we have

   That we can carry everything to God in prayer!

    Oh, what peace we often take for granted

    Oh, what needless pain we bear,

    All because we do not carry

    Everything to God in prayer!

 

But come to think of it, is this our usual process when going to God in prayer? Do we always look up to Jesus as a friend who always cares for our needs and loves us to the point of wanting to bare all/ every need we have?

Imagine realizing that your best friend slept hungry the previous night when you literary had more than you needed to it, what would be your first though towards your pal? I guess as human beings, the very first though would be, “why didn’t he/she ask me for food? Did she think that I wouldn’t be there for him/her? Am I really his/her friend? Why wouldn’t she tell me about her lack of food?”
Let me draw to your attention to the fact that Jesus is closer than a brother. He sure cares. He cares for your needs. He says, “Come to me all you that are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

I dare you to put your trust in Jesus today and see whether He is not true to His word.

Watch out for the second part of this series….see yeah…and remember to always smile!!!