Tales of 2 Timothy 1.7

Tales of 2 Timothy 1.7

Gratitude for this Time of Fall Harvest

I hope you have had a wonderful time celebrating with those around you the start of this year’s festivities.

This year I am first of all thankful for all of you who have joined me here on this writing journey. I love writing but didn’t mind keeping my writing to myself until I felt the need to share a few words of hope earlier this year and before I knew it, I was back on a role and have been grateful that the Father would reveal to me insights and understanding over certain scriptures that I could share with you.

Although this year has been a challenging one for pretty much all of us, I am especially grateful for everything it has thought me. I learned long time ago that adversities are lessons that are meant to direct you to the right path and this year I was able to learn so much from all that happened in the world and in my own life. I am grateful for the Father’s love, peace, kindness and wisdom that has preserved me and brought me through to this day.

I hope all of you have been able to find things to be grateful for even if the year hasn’t been the way we had hoped. If you are unsure of what to be thankful for, let me encourage you today to count your blessings and show gratitude for what this year has brought to you. It may not have been in the form of concrete gifts, it may be in form of lessons, but maybe these lessons were just what you needed to be able to navigate the great future that is ahead of you with grace.

Before closing I just want to say that the PLS Blog will be back up on running from next week on! I look forward to share with you more of my writings soon! See you then!

Location

Everyone has probably heard the word location being placed in a threefold as if every marketing lecturer wanted to stress the importance of the notion of location by drilling it into his students that this is one of the keys in your quest to succeeding in your business and achieving your goals. 

I wrote about this concept a few years ago, but I guess I didn’t learn my lesson and so the Creator of all things put me back to square one, and therefore I feel the need to study this concept more closely and thus I will share with you my humble findings so far. 

Just like a plant, we soak in the nutrition of the place where we are planted. Which results to us becoming the fruit of the place where we are based.
Which is a good thing, if you are planted in a beautiful bright airy place where the light shines in and the water is pure.
But in the same way, being planted in the wrong place can be nefast to one’s growth capacity or ability to expand to one’s full glory of what God has intended for one’s life.

As you may know I moved as a young sprout all the way from the south to the Western world and after that I felt the need to move even further. Although I couldn’t always comprehend, I knew that the Creator of all things was directing me away from certain things that I didn’t even know about back then, towards places that I couldn’t even dream of. 

Although I was happy to live in a country where breakfast consisted of mango, avocado or papaya and the sky was so clear that you could count the stars every night; the Creator of all things knew that I needed to go to a country where the winters covered the landscapes in a blanket of white snow while the summers were fleeting moments of colourful pleasures because that is where I would fall in love with words and the concept of literature. 

Once here and having graduated to adulthood, I felt the need to explore further horizons which came with both a feeling of excitement and a little fear and uncertainty of the unknown.  

I once read that children who grew up without maternal affection from a young age, have a hard time letting go of things once they grow up. I guess that is why even though I was attracted to the idea of molding my own future while exploring new horizons, I had a hard time letting go of the thoughts of home, even though home never truly is a physical place as many would know. 

Being young, alone and in search of understanding what the Creator had put in me; I often found myself torn between “the new thing” that G-d was doing (Isaiah 43:19) and bouncing back to what was supposed to be my past. I guess it was my way of holding on to what I knew considering that the little me was a bit overwhelmed of the vast space that the unknown had started occupying in my life. 

But more and more I started to realise that there was a greater purpose to the places that G-d placed me and the places He was calling me to be. I would like to take you to a few passages in the scriptures where the importance of the right location is underlined as to show you that G-d make sure to carefully bring us to the exact place where He wants us to be, before we can fully be “About our Father’s business” (Luke 2.49). 

My life hasn’t always been a smooth canvas so far but this past year has been a true battle field. Which led me to often wonder why did I have to go through all these tribulations, for I believe in G-d and I will serve Him regardless of where I stand in life, so I didn’t understand the need of me being put in those trials. But as time passed by, what I understood is that I had to go through it so that the enemy would never frighten me again. You see if you have been through a place of darkness and walked through it to reach the light, you won’t be afraid if you ever faced darkness again in your life, because you know you made it through once and thus you will make it through this time as well. That fear of the unknown won’t paralyse you and not only that, your experience will allow you to be able to help others who are going through tough times and give them the tools that have helped you make it through so that they too can get a chance to reach the light at the end of their tunnel. 

A great story which depicts the perfect example of the importance of one’s location is the story of Moses.  When we look at the story of Moses we see that he was born in Egypt, then had to flee from there only to be called by G-d where he was to come back and take the people of G-d out of Egypt. Now think about it, G-d is G-d and could have perfectly taken an Israelite who was living in Egypt at that time to deliver the children of Israel, so why did He go and take someone who had left Egypt previously? Because G-d knew it was important to take someone who had walked the path before because that person know it is possible to leave the land of milk and honey face the desert before reaching the true promised land. But someone who had never left Egypt at that time, would have never had the courage to leave it when G-d would have called him to and much less to take a whole population and lead them through those trials, while they couldn’t see the promise yet, until they made it to their destiny. Therefore, each location, where Moses had lived, was of key importance for him to reach his ultimate goal in life.  

So if G-d calls you to leave your location, it is often not for an easy go-around; but it is probably if not always, because He is teaching you something that will be instrumental for you to reach your life’s purpose. That is why it is important to follow your hunger for the discovery of new horizons. Because if this is G-d’s will for you, it means that He is preparing you for something greater.
In general travelling and exploring new area’s teaches you so much more than you would be able to learn if you stayed in your safe cocoon the rest of your life. BUT let me underline the fact that one should ALWAYS seek G-d first and His will for one’s life before setting any move that will affect your life. Not everyone has to leave their hometown to be called by G-d, He is G-d, He can meet you where you are and uplift you even when you did not expect it. So do not leave to go elsewhere because others are doing so, stay where you are and seek Him first, work on whatever small thing it is that He has intrusted you with. When you do that, that is when He will start to open doors and if needed He will show you and guide you exactly where He wants you to be, sometimes He may even orchestrate events in such a way that when you are ready, everything is placed in front of you right where you are. 

Eventhough a location can stand as a training ground, in the scriptures we can also see that the right location signifies a great blessing from the Father. 

For this there is one key example in the scriptures, the story of Abraham. Abraham who represents the father of our faith, as he was the first one who truly believed in G-d. The remarkable thing about his story is that G-d would go and ask him to leave all that he had known to set route for the unknown. Genesis 12.1-2 states: “The Lord had said to Abraham, Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” This is one of the most daring requests that one can receive, just take a moment to realise what kind of faith it requires to follow suit on this. But then G-d continues with the greatest blessing ever spoken over one single man:  “ I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing, I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curses you and through you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” This remarkable request requires a deep-rooted faith in order to walk this out. But as you can see, when G-d calls you out of your comfort zone it is for a great blessing eventhough it requires you to go through some time of dissertation where you have nothing but your faith to lean on before you finely see the promised land that G-d has for you, which in Abraham’s case was the land of Canaan, which is part of Israel, the promised land.  

The scriptures is full of stories that underlines the importance of the right location. We all know the story of Jonah (Jonah 1-4) . G-d gave him a specific request saying: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah decided to run away from G-d, which resulted to G-d sending a great storm on the sea that almost broke the ship he was in, while heading to the opposite direction of where G-d had sent him. Eventually he obeyed G-d’s will and by preaching to the people of Nineveh, they were able to change from their wicked ways, fast and cry on to the Lord until He granted them mercy and the city was saved.   

This remarkable story, which in our times may sound like a fable, depicts perfectly the importance of going where G-d has called you to be, because this is not only important for you but also by leaning forward to G-d’s will for your life and going to the places He has called you to be, you open the door for others to be saved, this is depicted in pretty much every story in the scriptures from Abraham, to Moses, to Jonah and eventually to Jesus Christ. 

It takes a lot of courage to walk by faith and not by sight, to leave the familiar behind and set for the unknown but be encouraged by the stories here above and know that He who started a good thing in you will bring it to fruition until the day of Jesus Christ. 

People of G-d, it is time to take courage

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First of all let me start by saying Thank You to everyone who has been encouraging others in these unprecedented times. I have seen many of you using your platforms despite how big or how small it is to encourage and speak words of hope to those around you. I would like to thank you for what you are doing and ask you to keep sharing those words of hope because your encouragement will be much needed now and in the months and years to come as the world is moving towards new dimensions. Your words may be the only words of hope that someone may hear after being separated from their friends or family for months, or your words is what is needed for an elderly to have the courage to keep going as they have not been able to see their loved ones in a long time. So know that your encouragement is like living water that someone may need to sustain them and make it through the times we are in. So please keep on; writing, speaking, singing, dancing, painting, taking pictures and sharing The Word of G-d, word of Hope, word of Love, word of Unity in whatever way is possible to you wherever you are, because by doing so you are providing a life line for the children of G-d to make it through these storms and because of that; G-d will bless you above and beyond in more ways than we humans can imagine. Therefore, Thank You!

Today I would like to talk to you about the times we are in. I have been wanting to share this for a few weeks now, but was waiting for the right time, and now I realise that it is high time for us to study this particular part of the scriptures.

A while ago I read this parable in Luke 8 11-15. “About a man who sowed good seed in his field, but the enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the wheat, which is the good seed grew, the weeds also grew. But the owner did not want to pull the weeds out immediately as this may have caused his workers to uproot the wheat together with the weeds. Therefore he decided to let both grow together until harvest. So that at the harvest he would tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, then gather the wheat and bring them to my barn. “

Of course you will understand that the story is a metaphor of how the Creator sees the world and those living in it. The Creator knows that His children live in world where the enemy is also present. But reading this made me understand that the Creator of all things was aware that although the weeds was growing among His children and this caused discomfort; He wanted to wait until the time is right to separate His children from those weeds.

When I think with my human mind I still find it hard to understand all this; I often find myself thinking but He IS G-d, He created humans and all that is around them with no efforts so why would He let it get this far? But like the scriptures says in Isaiah 55, 8-9: His ways, are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. So we need to trust that He who said: 

“Fear not for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your G-d. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand’. (Deuteronomy 10) Therefore let us hold on to the faith that G-d will indeed stand by us through these times and help us make it through.

The world is going through a tough time, although I want to encourage you, I don’t want you to take this lightly as to go in the battle with your eyes closed and without any armour to protect yourself. For no soldier goes into a the battlefield without proper training, therefore see this as a training ground.
The enemy has turned this world into a battle field and the children of G-d should not limit themselves to the concept of a church building and start finding ways to reach out and fight the battle wherever they are in the best way they can, because only then we can save not only our lives, but also the lives of those around us. Even though Jesus Christ did preach in the synagogue, most of His teachings took place outside the walls of a church or any religious building.

You see we as Christians have been trained our entire lives for such a time as this. We have been told that adversities may come, the enemy may come against us but we shouldn’t let it overwhelm us, just as Jesus Christ rose from the dead, we will rise from the ashes that the enemy is making of this world, we will rise high. But before making it to the symbolic resurrection part, we first have to fight the battle. We cannot hide from it, we can not run from it we have to face it and the best way to do it is to prepare for it properly with every tools we may have.

First of all you may wonder what is going on in the world right now. Well, according to different scriptures; when we approach the end times the world will be in a state of chaos. From natural disasters such as earthquakes, wars between nations to the increased wickedness of men through the works of the enemy; Mattheuw 24.


Let’s look into this a bit more closer.

Sometimes I open the bible and read the scripture that I get while trying to see how it applies in my life. A few months ago, while doing this exercise and opening the scriptures randomly, it fell on Matthew 24 and so I knew I needed to study this particular passage.

I know that many Christians, me included, do not like to study this part of the bible. It is one that exceeds even the most exciting of Hollywood films. I mean there is suspense, there is drama, there is uncertainty, there is despair but at the end of it all there is a Hero; G-d, who comes at the very end to save His children. There is so much information in these scriptures that the human mind could possibly contain it all and thus has to take it in bits by bits as the time goes. If you have not read this passage before I encourage you, once you finish this blog post to read Matthew 24 and the relating passages in the book of Daniel as to understand even for a bit the kind of times we are in.

Ok, before you ring your bells and think it is the absolute end, let me tell you that it is NOT. These are just the beginning of the birth pains as the scriptures states it. According to my humble and not correct calculation, the end will come a few decades away from now ( knowing that most of us have been living atleast two to three or more decades, you know this goes by quickly). Yes, I said incorrect calculations because the scriptures says that no one knows the end, no human on earth and not even Jesus Christ Himself, only G-d the Father knows when that time will come. (Matthew 24:36). We are not given the knowledge of that particular time for very obvious reasons; but the only thing we can do is live our lives the best way we can until then.

Regardless of when that time will be, it is important for us to know what we are dealing with so that we do not feel overwhelmed by our circumstances.

The scriptures says that there will be an increase of wickedness and because of that the love of many will grow cold, but the one who stands firm till the end will be saved. Matthew 24.12 Eventhough that is the case, you need to know that G-d, the Creator of all things still has this entire world in His Hands and thus we, as children of G-d, should not be afraid but instead take stands and be ready to face whatever storm may come with the knowledge that G-d is with us and if G-d be for us who can be against us?

Why is that, You may ask, why is all this going on.  
Well I heard some people say things like, ‘they cannot wait for things to go back to normal’. But the truth is, the world has never really been in a normal stage.  From colonisation to slavery to the different genocides, racism, sexual assaults, child abuse, human trafficking, calculated poverty, discrimination and several wars; the human being has been living in a stage of survival since Eve ate that apple. Yes, that is how far back it goes. But through out time we have been able to navigate these tragedies and just like any species we have learned to adapt ourselves to the different circumstances and evolve in order to survive and this is exactly what we will do to survive this too. But now as we are approaching the end times, we will need godly faith instead of just our human understanding to make it through. So as long as we read the scriptures and we keep our eyes on the Lord and keep standing despite it all, we will see the salvation of the Lord.

The enemy recruits everyone who has no strong foundation of faith. Therefore it is important to read the scriptures for yourself and keep seeking G-d daily so that you know His word, this will help you when the enemy will try to tempt you and in difficult times it will give you strength to keep going.

Why does the enemy recruits people in his camp you may ask?

Well, the enemy which is a negative spirit, not a physical person, even though at times we would see an evil person and blame him or her for what is going on, we need to remember that “the weapons of our welfare are not carnal weapons”( 2 Corinthians 10:4); meaning that we are not fighting the physical world. The physical world is merely the results of what happens in the spiritual world. As the enemy, who comes to “skd” (John 10:10); cannot do it himself as he is not human; he will find ways to operate through human beings who do not have a G-d based armour around their spirit or souls and will use them to propel his agenda.

How does this happen:
Well first he will make sure to reduce your energy level to a minimum so that he can easily enter someone’s spirit and over master them. The reduction of energy can happen in several ways, one of the ways is what we are experiencing right now; the subtraction of your social contacts. Your social contacts are one of the ways you increase your energy. By meeting up with friends, going out to do activities that you like, you increase your energy level. Other ways of increasing energy is taking a walk in nature, sport, spending time outside, or near the sea, good nutrition, drinking water or taking a shower, having great sex out of love, but I think on this last one I don’t need to give much explanation.

So all these activities increase your energy level, which increases your creativity and gives you strength to operate properly and fight anything that is against your morals. But because the enemy knows this, he will try to subtract each of these elements in order to make you dependant on his will and this way you will no longer have the courage to fight for what you believe is morally correct. That is why the social contacts among people has been drastically reduced lately. Please do not get this wrong, of course certain authorities are trying to do their best to save lives by reducing the risk, but as I said previously when you look into this from a spiritual level you understand that the enemy is at work using different measures. The other ones is deliberately damaging or closing great parts of nature as nature is one of humans most important source of energy just like food.
Before moving from this point, I want to add that love, not just sex, but love even love among family members, friends or siblings is a great source of energy, possibly the highest source outside G-d ofcourse. The scriptures says “perfect love cast out fear” (1John 4:18) Fear is what someone feels when a great amount of energy has been taken out of him in a sudden moment and love restores that energy level very easily. But because the enemy knows this, he is deliberately against relationships of all kinds, with the hope to reduce the energy that comes out of love. Because you may know that when you love someone, you have the strength, (read energy), to do whatever it takes to help them and thus love has always been the enemy’s first battle. That’s why marriages have been a battle ground for as long as we can remember.

Now when your energy is at a low level and you do not have the means to replenish it on time, that is when the enemy kicks in. If you have a strong faith and put on the armour of G-d, see below, you will be able to stand the fight. But again, if you do not know G-d and don’t know what faith is, the enemy will easily sweep you off when you are at your lowest. Knowing that energy is the new currency, you need to protect yours at all cost.

Ok, now that we know how the enemy operates, let us see how we can connect with G-d so that He can fight this battle for us. 2.Chronicles 20.15. I made a short list of things we can do or must have to stand our ground.

First of all let’s go back to the notion of unity.
I told you that one of the ways to get energy is to spend time with others doing the kind of activities that you all like. But there is more to that. In several parts of the scriptures human beings are called “sheep”. If you have ever seen a sheep than you probably saw more than one, because sheep are the kind of animals that are bred in herds. This is the same with human beings. We evolve to our best selves when we are surrounded by others. When we are completely isolated from others we deteriorate, of course this takes a very long process of time before being the case. But human beings need other human beings to develop not only physically but also mentally and to create all kind of biological entities that will make a human being thrive in its environment. When this is taken away it can be disastrous for a human in long term.

Besides that the French put it this way” L’Union fait la force”. Where there is unity there is strength. There is so much to say about unity but I will keep it to this for the purpose of this blog, but just so you know unity is very important. The scriptures says “Where two or three are gathered in my name I will be among them” (Matthew 18.20) Have you ever wondered why it did not say about one but instead talked about two or more? G-d created Adam as one person, so why do humans have to be with more than one before G-d would say “I will be among them?” But that is the case, not that G-d would not hear you if you pray on your own, but unity in prayers brings the immediate attention of G-d. The enemy knows this too, he knows that where there are at least two people agreeing on one thing such as their faith in Jesus Christ, than these two are unbreakable. That there, he will not be able to saw evil because when you are in unity in faith, you are unbeatable by a negative outside force. That is why when the serpent wanted to seduce Eve to eat the apple he waited till Eve was alone, he knew that as long as Eve was together with Adam nothing would be able to come between them because there was unity and there was love.

So unity is important therefore the scriptures says that in the end times:

“They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”  (Luke 12.53). This because the enemy knows that by dividing those key relationship he can bring down the foundations of faith. That is why it is important to pray. Prayer is our next item on the list. Ok, before moving forward let me add the unity of the body of Jesus Christ. If you know that two people already gets G-d’s attention imagine what a church or any unity where people pray to G-d the Father can do in a city or country.

Prayer
First of all, now that most things seem to go well; I would like to encourage you to start praying for unity. Pray for unity in your household, pray for unity among your children, pray for unity between you and your spouse, pray for unity between you and your siblings, pray for unity in your classrooms, pray for unity in your social groups, pray for unity in your teams, pray for unity with your friends, pray for unity in your cities pray for unity in your country. You need to start praying now and do it on a daily basis, whenever you can because the way the enemy is operating, once a unity is broken it won’t be easy to be restored. Thus once something is broken in pieces it is much easier to get rid of it than when it is in its whole strong entity. Concerning prayer and unity there are many passages in the scriptures that underlines this such as when Esther saved the Israelites or when the people of Nineveh saved their town when they decided to fast and pray to G-d after the message they received from Jonah.

Besides praying for unity, know how to pray for healing and strength. In my blog about the prayer I shared this with you and said you are free to add to it any prayer that works for you. The most important is that you start praying this daily starting from now on, because it is best that you know this by heart because when the enemy will test you, he won’t give you any heads up for you to go get your prayer and pray first. So you will need to know it by heart so that you can recite it, even if it is in silence to yourself, just keep reciting it until you have seen the salvation of the Lord.

Faith
Even though faith is not a physical item, it is an important thing which you will need in the coming months and years to come. Faith helps you to overcome the most odd adversities that these times will throw at you. Even if your sky is perfectly blue at the moment, try to build up your faith by reading the Word and getting to know G-d. In case anyone would try to confuse you; know that there is one G-d; The G-d of Israel, G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and there is one saviour His son, Jesus christ. To build up your faith I would encourage you to read the Torah and the Bible.

Seek wisdom in truth
We live in times where it almost feels better to pretend that nothing is happening and just turn the blind eye. But as the saying goes ‘Ignorance is not a bliss’. You need to inform yourself and educate yourself in order to protect yourself. Please note, I did not say you need to watch the news every day or five times a day. In fact I would say do not watch it, but hear it on the radio once a day or once every few days which is more than enough and even then, be very critical to what you see and or hear. But besides that if there are question marks in your mind about certain area’s go look those up. Most of us still have the freedom to go to bookstores, or internet, well use them and educate yourself because that knowledge will save you and save those around you. You need to know things such as how the enemy uses the media to pollute people’s mind. Nowadays even some news channels will feed you subliminal messages, and not just the kind that creates the thirst in you to buy a bottle of soda. Even on social media; be critical and take your distances when needed, reduce your time on those channels by turning off your tv and reading a book or take a walk outside when you can.

Always do the right thing.
Well I would actually put this under faith; that is why it is important to have a good sound faith in the right principals. Because this will dictate what is right and what is wrong for you. Christianity for example states “ Do to others as you would have them do to you”. Meaning that you should not harm others because you wouldn’t want anyone to harm you. But if you have another faith which states for example that you are above all law, and whoever disagrees with you; you need to get rid of them that is a serious deficit in your foundation. So check your faith and make sure it is based on the right principals. Know these principals now so that when the hour of testing comes you will not doubt on what to do, eventhough it can be tough to do the right thing under pressure. Make sure to always, always do the right thing.

Gospel of peace:
Now that you have your faith settled, make sure to study the important passages. The best thing you can do is hold a small booklet and write down the scriptures that speaks to you the most, or the scriptures you come across when reading the bible. When you write them down and you read them from time to time, you will memorise them and the day you will need them, you will see that your mind remembers them. Scriptures such as “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4.13) are good to know. They will form the pillars for you to hold on to during your times of testing.

Salvation through Christ:

The scrptures says in Romans 10:9, NIV: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘ Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” This is true and I would like to add to this that you need to live according to G-d’s laws to be able to have acces to this salvation. Again this makes part of your prayer, see blog post The prayer. As a Christian this is the most important thing, make sure you read all about it in the scriptures so that you know that you have been redeemed through Jesus christ and by His blood and by His stripes you are healed.

Further I would add, make a collection of the things you like. Things that uplift you and make you happy. Great positive movies you like to watch, a collection of great songs that uplift you when you are down, a collection of great images that make you happy, a collection of your favourite books, your favourite quotes and favourite songs. Collect these things and put them where you can access them when you need them.

I hope this all will help you in the times to come. Know that you are not in this alone, G-d is with you wherever you are and He will fight for you and you will make it through. Take Courage for He is with you.

I want to leave you with this scriptures:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephisians 6:10-18.

Forgiveness


Let’s start with a little confession: When I first started this blog a few years ago, I fully intended for it to be a fashion and lifestyle blog where I would talk about fancy shoes, beautiful clothes and lovely places. But what I have noticed the past few months is that the Creator of all things is taking me towards more complex and deeper concepts than I intended to. At first I was filled with doubt, but more and more I realise that I need to trust Him, not just in some parts of my life but in every part of it. I have to trust and have faith that He who created me, He who knew me even before He formed me in my mother’s womb has indeed better plans for me than I could make for myself.
So here is one of my most vulnerable concepts. Which I would rather skip, but I know that sharing this will help others in their journey to restauration and so le’t’s do this.

When I was young my sister and I moved from the South to the Western world. Our father wanted to give us a better education and thus sent us there. But once there the person who was supposed to take care of us, physically and mentally abused us. Mentally this happened by insulting us and saying the kind of things a child should never hear and phisically by beating and hitting us, pushing us against the wall and so on. It was a harsh time that lasted for too many years. The results of this was an inferiority complex and a negative self image which ofcourse affects every area of one’s life. It took a lot of reading, praying, studying and love from the right people to pull me from that dark past into the woman I am today.
For any child, growing up in this situation and trying to find help is tough, but for someone with our cultural background this is double the case.
I remember one day the person had hit us so much that my sister had a swollen eye. This didn’t happen often because that person made sure that there were no visible scars left so that there would be no proof, but this time there was no denying it. The next day we woke up, I noticed that my sister’s eye was even more swollen and she could barely see with that eye. After that person went off to work; my sister and I got dressesd and went off to school. When we came back from school I asked her what her teacher had said about her eye. To which she answered: “Nothing, I told her that I fell from the stairs”.

There I was,in my early teenage years, feeling more helpless than I’ve ever felt. Where my heart was broken, at that moment, it completely scattered.

My sister was even younger than I was; I was emotional, I would cry, I would pray and write endless “letters to G-d” explaining all that had happened and bigging for help and for G-d to send someone to save us. But my sister, I am not sure how she cooped with all what happened. I think that she was much better in blocking things off than I was. I was her older sister and wished I knew a way to protect her from harm.

This lasted a few more years. I won’t go into the details right now as this is not the right time (I don’t think there’ll ever be) or place to talk about this. But what I want to talk about is forgiveness.

I was in my last year of high school, had already moved out of there and my sister too. It weighed heavy on me but deep down I felt the urge to forgive. You need to know that since that began and untill that day I had been carrying the pain I felt inside while trying to navigate my faith.
There was so much pain in me that happiness only seemed like a fleeting moment, joy seemed like a surreal concept and love well that was a made up human ideology that didn’t really exist, so I thought.

But G-d. Let me say it again, But G-d!
He broke down the walls of my pain and resentment that I had built around me over the course of the years and gently encouraged me to forgive the one who had spoiled my child hood, the one who turned my innocense into despair and filled my formative years with scars that I spent years trying to heal.

So on my last day of high school, after receiving my Diploma I sent this message:
“Today I graduated from High School and got my Diploma. I want to thank you, because thanks to you I was able to graduate here (this person had paid for our school for the first few years when we arrived). I Forgive you for the pain and hurt you have caused me all these years. It has taken me a long time but today I forgive you for everything and let go of all the anger and resentment that I had towards you.” I wrote this down and pressed sent. This person never replied to my message, but would briefly appologise many years later…
But saying those few lines and declaring that I had forgiven someone who had caused me so much pain released me from the heavy weight I had been carrying my whole life. I finnaly managed to forgive and let go. Although the words were said, it took some time to truly let go and heal. But once I was ready to forgive, the healing began.

Whenever my mind would wonder off to the scars of the past I would remind myself that I forgive and let go of all the anger and resentment I had towards that person and wish them the very best in the name of Jesus Christ. Over the course of the years, G-d turned my anger into an unconditional love for others, my resentment to endless compassion and my pain to a fervent determination to seek justice wherever I saw the opposite.

It’s funny because I used to think that everyone in their lives have to endure hardship at some point and beacuse I had been through it in my youth the rest of my life would be all sunshine. But that wasn’t exactly the case.
Having been raised in a broken home by someone who may have meant it well, but because they didn’t know Christ, when things got rough, they let the enemy use them to harm the most vulnerable who were put at their mercy; I had to educate my self on all levels concerning life. I had to erase the pain and fear I felt and learn how to love myself and love others properly.

Life thought me some tough lessons when it comes to forgiveness.

Fast forward a few years back, I had been attending this church, had been there just a couple of times when the pastor asked me to attend their bible study as well. Not sure how it happened but after two or three times I shared a message about forgiveness and the pastor and his wife asked me to share this with their congregation on a Sunday morning.

So Sunday came, he briefly introduced me and then there I was, in my early twenties, standing in front of a pulpit with shaking hands and knees. Having grown up in a household where I was told the kind of things that a child should never hear, my confidence must have been not much bigger than the size of a musterd seed. But then this man and his wife trusted me to speak in front of their congregation, from whom many were much older than I was; and so I began and shared the importance of forgiveness. Ofcourse I didn’t speak about my childhood story, the scars were still too pril, but explained with other examples. I was quiete nervous in the beginning but as I started speaking a calmth came over me and I was able to share the entire story and everyone listened till the end. Just like that I gave one of my very first public speaking and fulfilled the bible prophesy that says what the enemy meant for evil G-d will use if for your GOoD. Genesis 50.20

So now as I was going to a new wave of people that I trusted turning their back on me and hurting me, I found myself crying on to G-d: Why? Why me? Why this? And although I haven’t received any answer. I felt deeply that I had to forgive. It’s tough for a human understanding to grasp the concept of forgiveness when you are in the middle of despair. One part of you (probably the smaller part) is holding on to the higher wisdom that claims that everything is going to be alright and that this too shall pass. Whilst the other part of you is ready to throw in the towel declaring that it can no longer handle all this.

But G-d. In the midst of all this comes and meets me in my sorrow and ask me to talk about forgiveness.

When Jesus was asked how many times we should forgive He didn’t say, one or to or atleast five times. He stated the inhumane number of seventy times seven, Matthew 18. 21-22. We as humans would say; “you’ve hurt me once or twice that’s enough; now bye!” But the son of G-d says add to it 70×7. I always thought that was way too much untill I realised that this number wasn’t as much for others as it was for ourselves. This is the number of times the Creator of all things is willing to forgive us as long as we repent and ask for forgiveness. Because we are the ones that break G-d’s law by skipping the Sabbath, or using Jesus’ name in vain, or hating those who have done us wrong or … (add to it your own pile) but these are sins that we commit throughout our life, but Grace is willing to forgive us whenever we ask for it and are willing to turn back to G-d. That is why we ourselves need to forgive first. Because only when we forgive others can G-d forgive us; non forgiveness holds back all the good gifts that the Creator has for us, Ephisians 4. 31-32.

Let me give you an example:

Imagine you’re working for a great boss. Everyday you come to work and do your very best. But there are people in your office that say bad things about you so you decide to not speak to them. The next month again you do your very best but then someone hurt you and you decide that you wont speak to them either. This happens a few more times and then it’s time for promotion. Your boss sees that you’ve been delivering great work and would like to promote you to manager but noticed that you are not speaking to a few of your colleagues. Well he will say I can’t promote you because I can’t make you a manager if you are not speaking to some of your colleagues. Therefore you need to first of all forgive those people, sort it out before you can rise to a higher position and that is exactly how it goes in life. No matter how great or how hard the pain is, as long as you don’t let it go and forgive, the Creator of all things will not be able to put you to a higher place because you are still holding on to the past.

I once heard a story of a teacher who at the beginning of the year asked her students to bring a potato for every person who had ever hurt them. Some children brought one or to potatoes, and others brought more. Then she told them: For the rest of the week I want you to carry that potato with you everywhere you go. If you go for dinner take it with you, if you go to the bathroom take it with you, if you go to sleep make sure you have it with you.
At the end of the week she asked them, now how did it feel to carry these potatoes around? They all said that it wasn’t pleasant, that it was heavy and it restricted them in what they wanted to do. To which she said, that is exactly what happens when you don’t forgive. You carry with you that burden everywhere you go and the person who hurt you might not even know about it. So it is important to forgive and let go.

We are in a time where the enemy will use those around us to hurt us and create desruption, disunity and all kind of negative emotions. We all know that the enemy comes to -(John 10.10). So it is important for us to guard our hearts, and remind ourselves that we are the children of G-d and we need to live by his examples and obey his law even if the world is turning upside down.
Forgiving takes us out of the pit of pain, anger and resentment and lifts us higher, to a place where we can heal and create the space to receive the blessings that the Creator has for our lives. Mark 11-25. So I encourage you today, if there is anything that someone did to you and you are still holding on to it, go and forgive; let it go so that the Creator of all things can open up the windows of heaven and poor down His blessings up on you.

W.A.T.E.R



For a few weeks now I felt the need to share with you about this particular subject, water. But I felt like I didn’t know enough about this subject and thus kept on putting this off. But more and more I am realising that we shouldn’t wait for perfection before opening up to the world but be brave enough to share the little that we have and trust that the Creator of all things will use that little bit that we are willing to share and multiply it to everyone’s needs. Just like Jesus multiplied the two fish and five loaf of bread and fed a multitude. We need to give the little that we have and trust that it will fulfil its purpose even when we can’t understand it all just yet.

Although it seems like a simple subject, “water” is one of the most complex element I have come across so far in my search for understanding. Even more complex than faith because faith is what it is, a subjective matter that can’t be measured; whilst water, is at the same time an objective substance but also a subjective concept.

I will try to explain it here, but I believe that there should be a study made about this concept alone because there is so much to know about it. Bare with me as I try to bring it all together in this one blogpost.

As for many of my question marks, I turned to the scriptures to find understanding of this concept and to my surprise the scriptures put a lot of emphasis on the concept of water. In fact the word “water” is mentioned 722 times in the bible, more often than worship, prayer, faith, hope or even love. This surprised me as I expected concepts such as love or faith to be mentioned much more often than water. So I searched for the meaning of water in the scriptures and the most important one is the notion of “Living water”, which appears both in the old and new testament.

When looking first at the old testament we see in Jeremiah 2.13 the prophet describes G-d the Creator of all things as “Living water”. Here he says: My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me the “spring of Living water and have dug their own cisterns broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
As we see here according to one of the great prophets of Israel, G-d describes himself as “Living water”.
This is repeated again on Jeremiah 17.13.

When we look at the new testament we see here that Jesus who is the son of G-d, uses the same terminology and calls Himself “Living water”
This happens several times but one of the most important one is the clear dialogue that is held between Jesus and the woman at the well in John 4.

John 4.10 says:
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” Referring to Himself.

An other very important declaration is made by Jesus when He stands in the middle of the crowd at the height of the preparations for the Passover celebrations and says:

Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink. For the scriptures declare, “Rivers of Living water will flow from his heart.”
When he said “Living water” he was speaking of the spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in Him. But the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.

This definition of living water could be translated as:

·         Anyone who is thirsty may come to me – Anyone who is hungry for the truth

·         Anyone who believes in me may come and drink – Anyone who has faith in G-d; (even the faith in the size of a mustered seed).

For the scriptures declares “those who seek the truth and by seeking the truth find G-d; the source, rivers will flow through them, because they are connected to the infinite wisdom through faith.

As vast as this may sound, this is just one meaning of water in the scriptures, well it is undoubtedly the most important one.

Further on we see the scriptures talking about water as a mean for Baptism. Baptism on itself is interpreted in Greek as “submersion of body in water” –  this as a symbolic meaning of being dead to sin and being raised, (resurrection) through Jesus Christ.

Regarding Baptism, Luke says in 3.16 “John answered them all, I baptize you with water but the one who is more powerful than I, will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to unite. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Here John says the Baptism in water symbolises the baptism through the Holy Spirit.

So first recap we have here:

Living water – as a symbol for G-d Himself
Living water – as a symbol for the Son of G-d
Living water – as a symbol for the Holy Spirit

For Christians these three symbolises the pillars of our faith, and as we can see here; in three examples water is used as a symbol for these three pillars.

Now we as humans know that the earth is filled with much more natural elements that are, in our eyes, more valuable than water. Let’s take a stone for example, or diamonds, or trees, or even animals or the sun, the stars; if you put it into human perspective you would argue as to why the Creator of all things would go and identify Himself as water, while He could have chosen any other element that for us seems more relevant or more valuable. But the Infinite Wisdom declared Himself, according to the scriptures, as being Living Water.

Now I went back to the scriptures to see where water was mentioned for the very first time and to my surprise I found the very first mentioning in Genesis 1.1. That on itself would already be wonderful enough to know that water is mentioned in the story of Creation in the very beginning. But when looking closer there is more:
“Genesis 1.1-2 says: “In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty; darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of G-d was hovering over the WATERS.

So after reading this I got very excited because you know what this means? That even before G-d started with the creation of the world, there was already water! Of course we have other scriptures that states that G-d created all things such as John 1:1-3, but the remarkable thing here is that from all the things, there was only water before G-d even started creating the heavens and the earth.

When reading further in the creation process in Genesis:
We see that G-d created light on the first day, as stated in Genesis 3 and on the second day He divided the waters from the waters. The waters above became the heavens and the waters below became earth which was further devided between the land and the sea.

So what we can constate here is that before G-d created the world as we know it, there was already one element; water. Ofcourse this arises in me a whole new series of questions which I haven’t found the answers for just yet; questions such as when, what, who, where, why? Because all we know is that G-d created the world in seven “days” and that when he started there was one substance already present “water”.

An other important element is that G-d is already hovering over the waters in Genesis 1.2. Meaning that G-d is already in the water and the movement of water is G-d.

Further into the understanding of this notion, when looking at the story of beginnings I realise that when we are born, the mother’s womb is filled with water where the child lives in untill birth, the moment where the waters breaks and the child is ready for the world. Here again we have it, water. Remember the submersion in baptisme happened in water, that is why Christians call Baptisme, “being born again”.

Science tells us that a man can live about 21 days without food but as our body is made up of 60% water, a man needs water to survive.

When we look back at the scriptures we see that G-d often uses water to show His power. In times of Noah this is done by a complete flood of the world where Noah and his family survive in the arc together with a few animals. Which is on itself a remarkable story.
One of the most impressive ways G-d has shown his power in the old testament is when He parts the Red sea to let the Israelites pass and to stop the Egyptians. Here again He could have chosen many other impressive elements to show his power but He chose water.

Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine. ( Some of you may see this as sign but nope this is not a sign for you to get more wine, if you need a glass let it be a glass of Water).

We see also in the scriptures that there is healing in water: In 2Kings 5.10 Elisha sents a messenger to tell Naaman to wash himself 7 times in the Jordan Sea to restore his skin and be cleansed.

The scriptures is full of other examples of the importance of water. Such as Moses, the one who led G-d’s children out of slavery, was set in a basket by his mother and was later found by Farao’s daughter. There are more examples out there than I can name both in the bible and in life such as the importance of water in the economy of a country, but for now, I’ll leave you with this.

Update

Ok, I wrote all this a few days ago, and here I was ready to publish it but then went back to the scriptures to see where water is mentioned for the last time and then found out that the scrptures talks alot about water in the end of the bible, underlining the importance of yielding to G-d’s law. Those who wouldn’t do so would find their rivers turning into deserts, flowing streams into thursty grounds, and fruitful land into salt waste.

Knowing the importance of water as mentioned here above and knowing that water gives life we can all agree that the lack of it is something we all want to avoid. The best way to avoid this is by going back to the scriptures, learning G-d’s law and living accordingly.
It’s funny to realise that here I was wondering why on earth I would feel the need and urge to talk about something as random as water. But now I understand that the Creator of all things wants us to live according to His will and law, by neglecting this he will take out from those who disobey Him the most important thing which is water.

Like I have said in previous posts, the Creator of all things often gives us the lesson before we see it in practicality. There for it is important for the nations to live according to His will which is found in the scriptures to avoid being a nation without Living water.

The richest countries are those who have seas or rivers that flows through and can be used for all kind of things including transport of goods. So if the Creator of all things would take that element out, those cities would be in econmical distress. Which shows that G-d’s law is linked to everything including the ability for us to survive both spiritually and economically.

Oh, and if you were still wandering if water is mentioned at the end of the scriptures, you can take a little guess… In one of the very last verses it says ” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. Revelation 21.





 

 

The prayer




About a year ago someone that I know informed me of someone dear to him being ill. Upon hearing this I looked for ways that I could help. As I was more and more focused on my walk with G-d at the time, I decided to look for scriptures that would help for healing. I spent hours looking at preachings online, reading the bible and everything that I thought was useful.
Eventually I found this scripture Romans 10. 8-12, and so I wrote it down and then found this great teaching called the Tabernacle prayer. The tabernacle was the place where G-d dwelt up on earth among the Children of Israel, mainly during the Exodus. It was the holy of holies as it represented The Creator Himself. This prayer is based up on the Tabernacle, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the significance of the cross.

When I wrote this prayer, I spent hours on it, mainly translating as the person didn’t speak English. I thought I was doing something good helping someone else. What I didn’t know is that many months later I would need a true prayer myself and when I did, I went back to this and it has helped me tremendously in different ways. That is when I realise that His ways are not our ways. The Creator of all things new that if it was for my own, I may not have put that much effort, but for someone else I wouldn’t mind spending all that time. Now I am glad I did, because a few people have told me that they didn’t really have a set of prayer. That is why I think this is very useful in the times we are facing now. The full prayer is much longer, but I took just a small part which I am sure will help you where you need it the most.

What I have noticed a while ago is that The Creator of all things often gives us teachings through scriptures and prayers far before we actually need it. So that when we do, we have something to stand on. Therefore I would encourage you to write the prayer down, to read it outloud, add it to your own daily prayer. Make sure you know it so that if you ever found yourself in a situation where the enemy is coming against you, you can focus and declare the word of G-d untill you see the victory in your situation.

The prayer:
Romans 10 8-12
Because if you declare with your mouth that “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised Him out from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As the scripture says, “ Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame”, For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

I believe and declare that Jesus Christ is the Lord, I believe and declare that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for me, through His death and through His blood He has conquered the devil and the world, through His death, through His blood and by his stripes I have been healed, I have been saved. I believe and declare that G-d resurrected Jesus Christ from the dead and that Jesus Christ is alive and hears my prayers.  Through His death I died with Him, through resurrection, I resurrected with Jesus Christ and now I am sitting at the right hand of G-d through Jesus. I am healed and I am holy through Jesus Christ, by praying through Jesus Christ I see my new identity.

The tabernacle prayer:

Dear Jesus, through your sacrifice, through your shed blood my sins have been forgiven and I have been declared as righteous and now I can enjoy the glory of G-d.

Dear Jesus, through your blood my sins have been forgiven completely and I have been declared this righteous person so that I can enjoy the glory of G-d in you and I can enjoy the glory of Jesus Christ.

Dear Jesus through your blood you have conquered the devil and the world and now through your blood I can have sanctification in the fullness of the holy spirit. I claim the sanctification, I claim the fullness of the holy spirit through the blood of Jesus Christ. Dear Jesus, give me your sanctification, give me the fullness of the holy spirit.

Through the blood dear Jesus you took away my infirmities and carried away my sickness and my illnesses. The bible say by His blood and by His stripes I am healed so I declare that I am healed by the blood and by the stripes of Jesus Christ. I am healed since 2000 years ago, sickness and illnesses are illegal in my body. Sickness and illnesses can not survive in my body because I am healed by the blood and by the stripes of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ redeemed me from the curse and poverty. 2. Corinthians 8.9 For I know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet He became poor so that through His poverty, I might become rich.

Galatians 3.13
Jesus Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, by being made a curse for us for it is written, cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree. He redeemed us in order that the blessings given to Abraham would come up on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ. So that by faith we might receive the promise of the spirit. So I declare that I receive the blessings through Jesus Christ.,
I declare that I am blessed, I am not under the curse of the law, I receive the blessings given to Abraham through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am blessed, my work is blessed, my house and household is blessed, my ministry is blessed and I am a source of blessings to others.

The Abrahamic blessings Genesis 12.1: The blessings that G-d gave to Abraham:

I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, I will make your name great and you will be a blessing.

Dear Jesus through your blood I am redeemed from death and hell. Through your death, I died with you, through your resurrection, I resurrected with you and now I am sitting at the right hand of G-d through Jesus Christ, I am healed and I am holy through Jesus Christ. By praying through Jesus Christ, I see my new identity.


Inequality creates imbalance, Equality creates perfect balance.



It is important for each one of us to hold the racial conversation.
When I was young I guinuinely believed that racisme didn’t exist. I thought that if you worked hard enough you would get where you want to be and to a certain point it is the case. But that doesn’t take the fact that this is made much more difficult for a certain group of people simply because of malecious thinking towards the difference in the pigmentation of their skin.

Although I encourage those walking the streets to make us aware of this crisis. I think the issue to be addressed is much deeper and marching will do little to this fundamental systematic stigmatisation.

It is important that we address this issue on all levels. Including the employment and different industries. I was saddened to witness that companies would systematically pay POC less than they pay others. This inequality creates an economical difference that forms a lamentation for the group affected. You see the black people who are often being paid less than their peers, often more educated, will have to take care of their families with less pay than their peers, will have to pay housing and other expenses with an income that is inferior to their peers wich eventually creates an imbalance in the economy and society. This small change of numbers in the calculation of someone’s pay will go on to create a deep rooted inferiority level and will damage all areas of our culture and our world in ways that we can not measure. Some think that by this small action they are creating more advantages for their own group but what they don’t realise is that this small intervention will create an imbalance in the world. Just like when we all realised that the extension of bees would affect the entire eco system , creating inequality affects each one of us in a much bigger way.

Eventually it creates a culture where the priviledged race start thinking that the only reason a person of color would pursue a relationship with them, romantic or simply friendship, would be because of financial reasons.

This goes on to affect them when doing groceries, shopping, flights, recreation, hotels and every other area of their life and this started by someone simply adjusting the zero behind their pay check. So please open your eyes and make the change. Each one of us is responsible. You can not just systematically denigrate a certain group and think that will go unnoticed for eternity.
It broke my heart to realise all this. If one is asking to be heard and asking for change that is the least that can be done considering the generational damage that this has already caused. So please do not silent the noise of the cries of those who have been suffering from this inequality for generations. Educate yourself and learn from the mistakes of those that came before us so that we can build a better place for us and our future children and the generations to come.

Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Psalm 127, 1

Keep the Unity: If a Kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom will fall. Keep the Unity

A few years ago I locked my door and set off for the city of the big apple. I stayed there for a few months and had the most wonderful time. All those who have been there know that setting feet there is an experience of a life time. Ever since I have been following the updates we receive from overseas with a particular interest. Hearing about what NY had to endure in the past few months and what is happening now all over that big continent leaves no one untouched.

Although I tried to shake it off this heavy burden weighs heavily on all of us. You see what is happening there in broad daylight has been happening all over the world in some way or form for so many decades. Therefore I am glad to see that the children of G-d are no longer accepting the scheme that the enemy has set over their lives but they are willing to raise their voices and proclaim the truth to make an everlasting change.

Although I am encouraging those standing up for the good cause, I would like to underline the importance of the fact that every movement made has to be proceeded by prayer to make sure that G-d is leading every step. Because we need to be aware that we are not fighting against flesh and blood, it is not a fight of black against white, this never was. We are fighting a fight against the powers of the dark world, against spiritual forces of evil in high places. Remember that no man is born racist, it is a spirit that is learned through systematic negative thinking towards a certain group of people.

Therefore to break this negative force we need to ask The Creator of all things for help. Because by our own human force we will not be able to change this. Marching streets and screaming out loud will make little difference until G-d Himself steps into the scene. Therefore with every gathering there needs to be true prayer and true gospel of Jesus Christ, without it whatever little effort may be done, will make little change in long term.

G-d is only present where there is unity and prayer: Matthew 18:19-20 says:

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.

Therefore we need to set in motion a spiritual warfare through prayer against the enemy that has been declaring a part G-d’s people as inferior to others. You see when Joshua had to bring down the walls of Jericho he knew that if he went out there with his own weapons or just his own efforts he wouldn’t have changed much, his city would still be captive by the enemy. But when G-d stepped into the scene, their mere marching and gospel singing became a holy force that broke down the walls of the city after seven days. We need to operate in the same way and know that our efforts may be great but is nothing without G-d’s presence.

You see for a man to end the life of an other human being without this being a physical war or out of defence that man has to be under a negative influence. The enemy starts with a simple negative suggestion, like he did with Eve in Genesis, then he makes sure to win enough room and then makes a disconnection between what’s right and wrong. Once this happens he takes over someone’s actions and the inevitable happens. That is why someone who has committed this irreversible act will often not even realise that he has done something wrong, because his thinking has been distorted.

Therefore it is important to PRAY and continue to read the scriptures in the Torah and the Bible in the times we are now and the times we are going. We all, as children of G-d need to pray. Like I said in my previous post the enemy is more active than before and unless we truly walk with G-d we may not recognise his scheme. Remember the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. Whenever you see that, know that it is not of G-d.  For G-d is a G-d of unity, restoration, light, love and peace. It is important that you remember this for the coming days, weeks, months and years to come. In whatever you do, see or hear, if there is no Unity, Restoration, Light, Love & Peace than it is not of G-d, in that case you need to leave it.

We are living in the most sensible times and the enemy is in the business of division. The enemy knows that if he can sow division it will be much easier to break down whatever entity it is. We’ve seen this happening to the most prominent families, to the great countries and now  the enemy is set towards this nation. The scriptures says in Mark 3:24 “If a Kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom will fall.” We all have seen this happening with other countries, now the enemy will try to use this window to saw hatred and division. Be aware of this people of G-d and protect yourself against this in prayer.

Therefore I hope that all those participating in this unseen movement out of cry for righteousness will call up on G-d because unless a movement is done with a solid base of G-d’s word, it will bring little fruit. But declaring the true words of G-d, calling up on His name while marching around or doing whatever needs to be done, if this is done with G-d’s Grace, than no steps taken will be in vain.

For He said in 2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people who are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

The training ground

In the beginning of this particular period I quickly realized that we were not fighting with carnal weapons (concreet tangible things) but that this was a spiritual warfare.
As the days and weeks went by, I noticed how not only the common men, but also G-d’s chosen ones were being served with great battles.

It made me understand that in this period all of us will be or are facing great adversity, not just a certain group. At first I thought that we were all fighting the same battle, but then quickly realised that each one of us is fighting a personal battle.

Although the carnal side of this battle is a common element; spiritually each person is faced with something different, their greatest fear. If yours is being ill, then that is what you’ll deal with. If loneliness, financial insecurities, lack of attention or worry or wathever is your biggest adversity then that is what you’ll be served at this particular time.

Ofcourse knowing this made me wonder why the Creator of all things would allow the enemy to test us in such a profound way (like in the book of Job). It is because He wants to grow our faith in Him in a greater way.

You see our current world is entering new dimensions, where the enemy is more active then before. He no longer look for loosy night clubs or dark desserted places and situations to forward his agenda. But now he attacks in bright day light. He is in the courtroom, schools,social media, jobs, parks and even churches. Well to be exact, this had always been the case even in the times of Jesus, it’s just that we are starting to be more aware of it now.

Therefore in order for us to be able to face this, The Creator of all things has to arm us with unshakable faith. The kind of faith that moves mountains, the Moses-, Joshua-, Abraham- and Sarah kind of faith.
He wants to move us from that comfortable faith which only functioned on Sundays as we attended church but was no where to be seen during the week to a faith that is within us wherever we go.

The Creator of all things wants to plant in us the kind of faith needed to fight an army of thousands with just a few hundreds (Judges 6; Gideon).
We need to know that He IS WITH US. And we need to be grounded in this knowledge in such a way that we can speak healing where there was an illness, bring hope where there was despair or speak light where there was darkness. The kind of faith that when we face the enemy in the eye, we can cast him out with the word of G-d in the name of Jesus Christ.
He wants us to know that there is a tremendous power that comes with the name of Jesus Christ. He wants us to know that nothing, by all means nothing shall be able to hurt you if you declare the name of The Lord, and have full confidence in it’s power.
So these times of solitude, quietness and personal battles is merely a training ground for the Children of G-d.
You see a soldier is only as strong as his greatest battle. If we had never had this time of testing we wouldn’t know how strong we are. We need to take the time and learn about the armour of G-d Ephesians 6.11. The Creator of all things wants us to know that the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the death is within us and by declaring the name of the Lord, we can face anything because He has already overcome the world.
Therefore I strongly recommend you to read and study the scriptures regarding the power that comes with the name of Jesus Christ and to stand tall against this world that may want to make us small and to know that you have already the victory through Jesus Christ.

Can a creation exist without a creator?

Recently I was talking to a friend of mine. For some reason I found myself asking him in the middle of the conversation if he believed in G-d. To my surprise he said, he had thought about it lately – had seen a documentary about it- and is unsure but he believes in the evolution theory. I was surprised of his answer. I have always assumed he was a man of faith and so didn’t know what to bring up to that. All I could say was that I believed in G-d, The Creator of all things.
In the past I would have found arguments to debate with someone and try to convince them that The Creator indeed does exist. But now I found a place of rest and realise that the presence of The Creator is in everything and everywhere and I wish that I could share this truth with others.
A few days ago I was thinking about the great things that have been made by men. Men have created so many amazing things, let’s take a computer for example. It is a wonderful all encompassing -man made-creation. Could you imagine giving a computer to someone who had never had a computer before and you tell him, well this was made by this company and each item on that computer was thought of and created by someone but the person you are giving the computer to looks at you funny and says no, I don’t believe that the computer was made by a manufacturer. It just came with a ‘bang’ and there it was. Up on this, you try to reason that person and tell them, that they can’t possibly assume that a computer was made by a ‘bang’. Someone thought of each and every element, the fact that there is light that comes on when you open it, the fact that you can write a word in it, the fact that colours can appear, the fact that messages can be sent to someone out there in an other country, all that was thought of by someone. Nothing happened just by chance. But the that man you are giving the computer to stick to his opinion and says nope, this was all coincidence, no one thought of all the options in a computer, all of it just happened by itself.
There you try one more time and tell him, this was truly made by a manufacturer and if there is a defect on it, well they can bring it to the manufacturer to fix it. The manufacturer will be able to solve every problem relating to that product because they were the ones that build it.
But this man still stick to his ideas and concludes that if something is not functioning on that computer, well that’s just too bad, there is nothing you can do about it because it just came by chance and so there is no fixing it.

But the man who gave the computer laughs and says well, if that is how you want to see it, that is your opinion but just remember that I told you that this computer was created by a manufacturer and that person knows every little thing that is in that computer; he knows the capacity of that computer, what it can handle and how to fix it if anything would happen to it because he is the creator and that computer is his creation.

Ever since I yield myself back to faith and started to read and study His word, my eyes opened in so many ways. Now I understand that we are mere creatures living in the creation that He has created for us. If anything is out of our understanding He has it all written down in the handbook, Torah and Bible. If there are parts that we do not understand well it’s up to us to call up on Him. You see it is His Creation, when you call up on Him He will answer. In life when something breaks without reason we would bring it back to where we got it from and ask for understanding well, if our world is breaking at this point, maybe it’s because The Creator wants us to turn back to Him. The scriptures says it clearly in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”.
He is the same yesterday, today and will be tomorrow. So what He did in the past, in the scriptures, He can do it again today if we would only humble ourselves in prayers and not try to fix this world with our own understanding but truly trust that there is a Creator who knows more about His creation and follow His guidance then we will have the guarantee that He promises in Romans 10 9-12.