Friday, 24 June 2011
About 85% of earth's most valuable treasures are found among rubbles. Places you would never think twice that such could exist but they usually are. Things like Gold, diamonds, rubbies, Sapphire, Platinum, Emerald etc when found by some of us could affect our lifestyle, improve or destroy our relationships and definitely affect our status in society.
But wait, pause a bit, none of these jewels are appreciated in their natural states, some would even miss out on what they really are until we see them in their refined states. Yes refined! and mind you some of these refinement processes could totally destroy them or make them what they really are!
That is what God does with each and every one of us he calls by name. Consider this; gold undergoes mining ,grinding, separation and refinement. Once the gold ore has been mined, it is washed and filtered at the mine, combined with water and ground into smaller chunks. Smaller chunks, piece by piece. It is then separated from its ore through several processes:Floatation, cyanidation, and the carbon-in-pulp. Each of these processes are meant to separate the gold from its contaminants for it to be pure. If the gold is still not pure enough, it can be smelted. Smelting involves heating the gold with a chemical substance called flux. The flux bonds with the contaminants and floats on top of the melted gold. The gold is then cooled and allowed to harden in molds, and the flux-contaminant mixture (slag) is hauled away as a solid waste.
The essence of all this is to present the gold as it truly is; pure gold. We pass through similar processes. God call us out from this world's way and order. For as many as heed to this call, he washes us with the blood of his son Jesus Christ, the blood that justifies us from all accusations made by the enemy so that we are presented righteous before God.
Then comes the part we struggle with; SEPARATION. Though we are in the world we are not of this world. We need to be separated only to God from all attachments of sin that we easily fall prey to. Separation allows us to be pure in such a way that the real nature that God did make us are revealed. We become more like him, without sin. With more love, meekness and humility. If you were a liar, lying does not seem appealing to you any longer, fornicator? the things of God are your sole desires so you rarely have time to feed the sinful nature.
Then comes the smelting part (HEAT). The part that most of us don't want to undergo but its outcome is what proves our durability. Sometimes certain circumstances are thrown our way. The ones that make us uncomfortable, the ones that appear like a trap, no way out and the once that seem to have no solution at all......... God is not an unjust man, he's not even a man in the first place. He is the creator of the universe. The one who made us and knows what we are made up of. There is no way he is going to bring us something we cannot handle, but he needs enough heat for us to be the real us too. How many of us having come out of a particular challenge realise that we are much better, much wiser, much stronger than what we were before that challenge.
If we would also be honest with ourselves too some of us walk right into this challenge head on. Out of our own desires to satisfy ourselves neglecting God's own warning. For each path that we find ourselves on, there is always this light and lamp (His word) that directs us clearly what we should do but we neglect it. Even after we fall into these challenges he provides a way of escape for us. There is always this unnoticed door or way out that we only notice when we come to the realisation that God is our help and the challenge is supposed to make us not break us.
Its not easy, but the creator of the universe knows exactly what we are. We are gold, diamonds, some are sapphires and the list goes on. But since we seem to have forgotten or not living to our full potential, we become weak, unpure and with time melt along with the impurities(worldly nature) in such a way that we are unnoticed and often trampled upon. Allow God to make you today, to refine you. To turn you into that which you are so that your full potential is realised.
Friday, 17 June 2011
Ever gotten to that point in your life before? Near breaking point!
Huh! It's even made worse when you don't have anyone to talk to at the moment. Like living in a world inside you whilst the outside world shouts and screams all around you. When you feel that a particular situation is never going to end. When you go to bed wishing tomorrow would never come but it does anyway. Where when you wake up, you wonder how you are going to survive the rest of the day.
Life comes in shapes and sizes, sometimes it does come in colors too. Neither of them asked you for your permission to come but they did anyway so they are not supposed to be your preference but they would be based on how you receive them. When life's storm comes along, its okay to bend over. Bending over sometimes builds your resilience for life. Most of our best ideas, inspirations and creativity even comes when we are in our darkest hours, yes when we are so down and the world around us is so high they can't distract us as we re-strategise.
So whatis with this that you fear so much? Is it failure? Is it being alone? Make good use of your time whilst you are down, when you feel all alone. There is somebody who is already waiting for us as we come to that point. That is Jesus! The perfect gentleman. He knows you more than you know yourself and knows exactly what you need. Why don't you spend a little time in prayer right now asking him to help you get over that situation. Call him now! Revelation 3:20
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
God never rebukes wealthy Christians for being wealthy. He simply warns them to be generous. However, God does rebuke them as well as others for not loving Him and for sinning.
When God walked this earth, He told several people to give their money away. One of them was a rich young ruler (Matt. 19:16-26). Jesus said that because money was their god. They loved their money more than they loved God. So we should not be surprised that Jesus challenged them to give their money. By saying that, Jesus helped them discover what was truly important to them. It was not God.
Now let's ask the question, "Should pastors be wealthy?" In the Old Testament the Levites or the priests were not given an inheritance of the land. Consequently, the Levites were not able to grow their food. They lived among the people, and the Jewish people supported them with tithes of about 23.33 percent. Were the Levites wealthy? Most likely some had more money than others. Were any wealthy? We do not know.
These applies to everyone - whether they are a Levite or a member of the clergy.
The key to understanding this verse is the word "serve." There are some poor people who are controlled by money just as much as some rich people. Also, there are people who give their money to others without regard to how much they own. Having money is not the issue. The issue is your heart attitude towards the money that God has given you.
Notice that the ownership of money is not the root of evil. The love of money is the root of all sorts of evil.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Miriam was visiting in the home of some friends. Time passed quickly as each person shared their various experiences of the past year. She ended up staying longer than she had planned and had to walk home alone. But she wasn't afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few blocks away. As she walked along she whispered a prayer asking God to keep her safe from harm and danger.
When she reached the alley, which was a shortcut to her house, she decided to take it. However, halfway down the alley, she noticed a man standing at the end, as though he were waiting for her. She became uneasy and began to pray again, asking for God's protection. Instantly a comforting sense of quietness and security wrapped around her and she felt as though someone was walking with her. When Miriam reached the end of the alley, she walked right past the man and arrived home safely.The following day, she read in the paper that a young girl had been assaulted in that same alley - just twenty minutes after she had been there. Overwhelmed by this tragedy and the fact that it could have been her, she began to weep.
Thanking the Lord for her safety and wanting to help the young woman who had been attacked, she decided to go to the police station. She told them her story and offered to help identify the assailant. The police asked if she would be willing to view a lineup, she agreed and immediately pointed out the man she had seen in the alley the night before.
When the man was told he had been identified, he immediately broke down and confessed. The officer thanked Miriam for her bravery and asked if there was anything they could do for her. Miriam was curious as to why the assailant had not attacked her. When the policeman asked him, his answer stunned them all, "Because she wasn't alone. She had two tall men walking on either side of her."
Ever doubt that God is not with us?