Mind Limited Complaints.

I would probably or may be definitely run out of all the paint in the house, in the hardware stores, in the world…

I would may be, definitely run out of all the paint in the world if I decided to paint the sky as it shifts in every form and shade throughout the day.

Or may be my time would come before I finish…before I start…or before I even notice that the sky is different everytime other than from day and night.

It’s hard to notice. In our mind limited, ‘fast paced’ daily lives, it’s much easier to see everything as very usual.

There is an official called an ombudsman; the job of an ombudsman is to examine and report on complaints made by ordinary people about companies, the government or public authorities.

I like to look at it as ‘complaints made by ordinary people about life in general,’ and in that case, for there to be a position of someone examining complaints then they have to be mighty plenty, no?

Like spoilt children, we complain with every breathe that the Almighty has granted us hoping to get all the nice stuff in the shelves we want but Glory is His for He remains unmoving.

With our limited minds we yawn and get bored and yearn to travel the world in order to see ‘beauty’ -man made, yet we fail to see all that is around us but Glory remains His for in our limits, He remains Limitless.

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It is After all, for His Glory.

I used to feel so awkward around a group of older women especially when they breakout into their ‘Praise the Lord’ greetings and it just turns into hive songs and so I’d zone out with a beaming in my mind repeatedly saying hypocrites.

I still do feel awkward when I am in their midst and their speeches turn into hive songs only because it’s probably a generation thing but I don’t call them hypocrites in my mind.

Nothing that is by the spirit of God makes sense to the natural mind. For example, it wouldn’t make sense for a once, drug addict; now, born again chritian to say that they just woke up one morning and ‘felt no desire for these things.’

When Paul (then called Saul) came around Damascus then suddenly a bright light from heaven, flashed around him, he fell to the ground and heard a voice speak to him, his companions did not hear the voice of that who spoke to him however. (Acts 22:9). In Acts 9:7, they heard a voice, but saw no one; in either scenario, It must have been very bizarre for them. More so because this was intended for Saul and not them.

I remember reading a comment a few days ago of a fellow who was at a gas station, he felt it in his heart to speak to the woman next to him about Jesus but he brushed off the feeling and went about his business before leaving. He may be wondered what she’d think of him especially because she was a stranger. A few weeks later, there was a report on the woman: killed by her ex boyfriend. The fellow of course felt horrible and prayed that she had found salvation before her death. These two scenarios might be incidental or may be coincidental and intentional but either way, you catch the drift.

You’d probably look dumb if not very, when with so much conviction you say, with a gun pointed at you for example that, ‘I am eternal, I cannot die,’ like I heard Todd White say.

Never stop yourself from saying or doing something especially when the Spirit convicts it in you to because you worry about how you’ll be looked at. In most cases you’ll seem to act holier than thou but just do it anyway.

If the only way you can describe how you are is by saying grateful, alive, breathing and glory be to God, then by all means say that. Leap with joy if you feel it too. Sing out loud in public without wander of what they’ll think.

In 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, Paul says, ‘My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 2:5 – so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.’

Do not confine yourself from acting according to the Spirit because of the natural nature of a human being, hoping that one day they’ll come around, I hope they do, I pray they do, but may be they won’t. So what then? Do not rest your faith on man’s wisdom, instead rest it on God’s power, because after all, anything you do that is spiritually discerned will seem like foolishness to the natural human.

1Corinthians 2:14 – The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand. them, because they are spiritually discerned.

It’s Only A Shadow.

I’ve been walking through this valley of the shadow of death for a while and even as I know that it’s just a shadow, I am still terrified as if of death himself.

I wake up at six to switch off the lights in my room and draw the curtains because…well because, joy comes in the morning so at night, I create my own light because darkness is monstrous to me lately.

Everyday I get into my room to sleep, I am confident I’ll switch off the lights. I even remind myself of the verses Ice shared with me in Proverbs 3:24-26 that say,

“3:24 – when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 3:25 – Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 3:26 – for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.”

I say this for a while then it starts to sound like chants which is terrifying so I stop and say I’ll try again the next day. I try to listen to music but it gets too noisy and I feel the need to be aware of my environment. So I stay still in bed through short intervals of sleep; even with the lights on, till morning comes.

Terror is a brittle little thing in comparison to our mighty God and the only way to walk through the valley of the shadow of death and have confidence that it’s just a shadow is by understanding His word.

Only by His word can you understand what it means to be equipped with the armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-17); Only by His word can you know you’re equipped with His Armour.

Romans 8:11 – And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

It is easy for the enemy to mislead you into believing you’re on your own especially when you’re not aware you are armed with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and that you can slay him with the Sword of the Spirit.

Daniel 2:20 – “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. 2:22 – He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.”

The LORD is my confidence and He will keep my foot from being snared. So as I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I am aware it’s just a shadow.

These Wishes…

Is there not a way that I can give my eyes to you? They are the gate ways to my soul, I’d love for you to see Christ’s beauty in the word and in the world as I do.

Is there not a way that I can hug you long enough? May be then His love will stain all that you are and you will feel it too.

Is there not a way that I can narrate the bible stories to you? Perhaps my voice will bring a new conviction and you’ll forget that of the doomsday preachers. It is more about salvation than it is about hell, I promise.

Is there not a way that I can give you my salvation? I don’t mind starting over, if it means that at the end, we’re all saved and equally yoked in Christ.

I know that I am not the Savior so salvation is not mine to give but if you want it, it’s yours. It is not by my mighty hand but by His righteous right, that you shall be upheld.

When you taste, it is a guarantee you shall See that the Lord is good so do not fear to fall after, for He will be with you, He will strengthen you and help you up; again and again, countless times over.

He will lift you out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he will set your feet on a rock and give you a firm place to stand and right then you shall see why even Job gave glory to Him.

Our Father is not a tyrant but a father filled with mighty love for us.

…but the Fruit.

There are many days I’d wonder what more information the bible has to offer than everything I somewhat learned all through Christian Religious Education; somewhat because I semi listened for the sake of exams and not otherwise. Also, why does R stand for Religious and not Religion?

I remember struggling to power through Genesis 15 in order to get the 20 marks in the two part question, “Describe the covenant between God and Abraham and explain four characteristics demonstrated.”

However, right about verse 12 where deep sleep fell upon Abraham, I’d join him and unlike him, I would be at peace; never remembering whether the birds were cut in half too. The Horror and great darkness that would fall upon him during his sleep would befall me in the exam room and unlike Abraham, with no promises from our Father. You can guess how I did in that question.

Mother to Fire, Ice and Wind struggles to read the word as well; mostly because she feels she did enough of that in school, trying to cram the whole of it for C.R.E exams.

It is the Spirit however, that makes all the difference when it comes to reading the word because it is in either flesh or spiritual eyes that the message is either mere information or conviction.

If it is in the same way you look at the word as you did years ago, you will see no point of reading ‘stories’ you feel ‘you already know.’ This way, you shall never question any statement said that feels wrong because it is by your pastor, you shall go on teaching your children the same songs you were taught growing up without having to question why it is sang in that way.

Have you ever wondered for example, why we continually say ‘fruits’ and not fruit of the Holy Spirit?

Firstly, it is made very clear in Galatians 5:22-23 that it is ‘But the fruit of the Spirit…’

It can sound ‘wrong’ in the flesh ears to call the nine attributes, fruit and not fruits because they’re many but the Bible will forever remain right and without this knowledge we’ll go about correcting bible statements to fit what we feel is right/correct.

I would like to quote my friends Brill’ and Sword, who explained to me this particular example beautifully; why fruit.

Look at the fruit as a ‘gift package’, inside the package are the attributes; one gift package, nine attributes.

Read your bible and pray, always. Therein lies the whole truth.

Always, Only Jesus.

Do you ever read the bible and visualise yourself as one of the characters? Me too. It’s colorful to the mind to read the word this way. Well up until you start seeing yourself as David, Goliath being the problems in your life and that your stone and sling of faith conquers it all. I lose track like that sometimes too.

Note the use of ‘your’ in the phrase ‘your stone and sling of faith’. That is the core of the problem. When it stops being about God and it starts being about us.

See, God is not a supporting actor in our lives. The bible is not about us. The gospel is not about us. It is all about God. We’re cast to play a role in His unfolding story.

It is not until a few days ago that Posy sent me a link to a documentary: The American Gospel; https://youtu.be/XLhL8gB65Go that I began to wonder of even the slightest things we take credit for, no matter it be subconscious or otherwise. But even breathe passing down to our lungs is for the glory of God.

Psalm 60:12 says that it is with God we will gain the victory and He will trample down our enemies. With God, only with Him and not otherwise.

It matters not how hard we work, it matters not how much good we do, it matters not how moral we become, if it is not for the glory of God then does it really count?

1Corinthians 15:10 – But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

It matters not, how much we gain; it matters not how much we lose because at the end of the day, Glory be to God.

It is humbling to read that through it all, Job fell to the ground and worshipped. “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21)

To whom belongs this singular ultimate glory? I love the song Legend by Chronixx, especially where he says, ‘Creation glorifies creator So all deeds done are in the name of my maker.’

‘Grant us, in our brash indifference, to tremble before the Lion of Judah and to humble ourselves under His fierce holiness. Open our eyes to see the fullness of His excellence. May the power of the Lion and the love of the lamb make our faith in Christ unshakeable.’ (John Piper).

The Block List.

If you were to block or delete people’s contact information by the content they post, how many people would you have, left to chat with?

I’d probably have close to no one left to chat with, a majority filled by those who hardly post anything. This is an idea I’m really warming upto considering how intentional status updating is as foreign as intentional dating for most humans; more so these days.

See, I’ve become who I used to block but I’m stuck with who I now want to block. Let me explain; there is a time I remember deleting a friend’s number for texting me the words, “He has risen” on Easter. Now of course, by this pattern, I ended up with a “circle” I could “relate” too. The kind that post something like this and think it’s funny:
“I was kicked out of church because I yelled ‘fuck the devil,’ I thought we hated the nigga.”

Now, I’m left with a circle I cannot relate too and I know that by 1 Corinthians 15:33, I should not be misled for bad company corrupts good character, yet here I am, willingly stuck. What about you?

I am always close to taking offence when I read James 4:4 where we’re called ‘Ye adulterers and adulteresses’ being made aware that friendship of the world is enmity to God. But then I don’t, because I am an adulteress for wanting to be of the world and of Him all together which is impossible. Matthew 10:39 makes it very clear that; ‘He who finds his life, will lose it and he who loses his life for My sake, will find it.

James is not saying Christians should never be friends with non-Christians or share their culture with people around them, he is talking about the worldy wisdom that comes with a false perspective to do anything to gain everything. But it is impossible to have the world and to have God. It is impossible to compromise keeping a friend that offends your spirit and please God at the same time.

James 4:4 – You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

Friend who’s number I deleted, I now know. If ever you read this and still have my number, text me “He has risen” ten million times. Reading each one is ten million blue moons better than what I have subjected myself to.