Tales of 2 Timothy 1.7

Tales of 2 Timothy 1.7

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.

Recently I received a message from a friend who sent me a song that Britten had written as a response to the current racial issue.

I was very touched to receive that…

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 pleas 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.

Don’t deminish the true meaning of salvation for earthly distractions



I hope you are doing well and are finding creative ways to keep yourself busy during these days. Considering that I have more time to read than usual I found myself reading more and more of the scriptures these days.

As we celebrated Pesach this week wich marks the end of the Passover, I reminisced about this past Easter.

Recently I came across a story that I never read before, while I have read and heard about a great deal of the stories in the sctiptures, this particular one was brand new for me. The story is the parable of the tenants in Luke 20.9
The story is about a landowner who owned a vineyard. As he was going a broad; he rented the land to farmers and told them to work the land while he was gone. When it came time to harvest from the land, he sent one of his servants to come and collect a part of the profit. But the farmers who were appointed to work on the land refused to give the profit and instead beat the slave and sent him away. Up on hearing this the owner sent an other servant, but the same thing happened over and over. The owner was very dissapointed, he thought maybe when I send my son they will surely listen and give a part of the profit but instead the farmers thought, this is the heir, if we kill him then the land will be ours and so they did. The owner was so dissapointed that eventually he came back and got rid of all those farmers and took back his land give it to others.

This story is a beautiful but yet painful metaphor for the Creator and the people He Created. He allowed us to live in His land while entrusting us to live according to his law. But instead we try to fulfill our own benefits not realising that this place is not ours and even our lives are in his hands. He sent us many messengers to inform us of the good news and get us back on the right path. But many neglect this and others even killed the Son.

According to the scriptures we are given the last chance now to turn our lives around. As Matthew 24.7-8 says this is not the end but the beginning of the birth pains.
I don’t know about you but I felt this past Easter Sunday being more powerful than usual. While normally we would spend it in overcrowded churches, spending more time on observing who-what-wear then on the message being shared on this special day. This time non of us was subjected to that kind of earthly distraction. Instead all of us tried in a way or form to understand the meaning of the cross and what the resurrection truly means for us. You see hearing about lives being taken all around you makes you hold on to the hope that resurrection truly means redemption and forgiveness from the sin and maybe also that everlasting life that the scriptures talks about.
While most of the time we’ll fly right through Easter between the stuffed dinners and filled bunnies, now for once we had the chance to stand still. About those filled bunnies, who came up with that anyway?
You see I love chocolate and rabbits are cute, infact it makes my day when I see one , but please do not trade your salvation for a handful of chocolate. But that is exactly what’s been happening every year.

Let me give you an illustration which might be useful to help you understand what I mean. Let’s take the 4th of July, this date means for the US the independence day. So the entire country will celebrate with barbecue, fireworks, parties and so on which is great; but don’t be fooled everyone celebrating knows that they are celebrating the independence of the United States and not a piece of meat on a grill or the party itself or the fireworks or other things. All of that is great, but at each celebration the true meaning of the celebration is underlined.

Why is it with us believers that we have become lukewarm when it comes to stand bold on the meaning of Good Friday or the meaning of Easter or Pesach? We are quick to dress up in bunnies and let our kids hunt for chocolates without sitting them down and sharing the true meaning of salvation and faith. We, true believers have traded our faith for a handful of chocolate, because year after year we became more silent about what saved us and what may save those around us.

My message to you today is don’t deminish the true meaning of salvation for earthly distractions. We need to remember that Easter signifies life after death through Jesus Christ, and as
the scriptures says those who call up on the name of the Lord will not perish but have everlasting life, John 3.16. We need to take a moment and say Thank you because although “thousand fell at our side and ten thousands at our right , none of it came near us”, Psalm 91.7 and we were kept, saved and given a new chance to life, let this life not be filled with earthly distractions but be a life filled with true meaning.

The Sabbath

Whenever I read the scriptures I would come across the word Sabbath and this particular word is often mentioned following a severe warning.

I grew up in a religious family so we held the Sabbath on a weekly basis although the notion or importance of it was never really explained, we would religiously attend the church each Sunday and would spend a great deal of the day there.

Recently as I found myself reading more and more of the scriptures, I felt the need to understand this particular notion.

The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week, which is a day of rest, it is proclaimed in the scriptures as a day that should remain holy.

When you look in the scriptures you see that the first Sabbath was observed in Genesis 2.1-3 when The Creator of all things Himself decided to take one day off to rest after creating the earth and all that is in it. He took the seventh day off and made it holy. Can you imagine that someone who is able to create light, the sun, the moon, fish and all kind of animals and also humans with His Word would need a day of rest? I mean in my human understanding, if you have the ability to do all this why even bother taking a day of rest? Because this means that you must be a super “human” right?
But according to the scriptures
The Creator of all things did just that, on the seventh day, He took a day off to rest after creating all that we humans couldn’t even accomplish in a life time. All through the scriptures in the time line that follows, people are seen to be observing the Sabbath. The next time where The Creator of all things Himself mentions the Sabbath is when He gives Moses the 10 laws. Note that this could have been 15 or even 20 but the scripures speaks of only ten rules that The Creator of all things gave to his people and within those ten comes the important notion of the Sabbath. Somehow keeping the Sabbath is of key importance, so much so that it is mentioned in the convenant that the Creator make with his people.

According to the scriptures not holding the Sabbath can bring a wrath up on the population, (can it be that a great deal of our world has neglected this and therefore we are facing with the current situation?) but keeping the Sabbath brings a blessing as mentioned here in Isaiah 58. 13-14:
“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
    and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
    and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
    and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
then you will find your joy in the Lord,
    and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
    and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken”

Further on in the scriptures we can see that this notion is applied as a firm law, and when this was neglected there was a firm follow up by those appointed to observe the law or by The Creator Himself, just as mentioned in Nehemiah 13.15-22.

In our modern day life, although there are still rests of the notion of rest on the seventh day, many don’t know what this truely entails and therefore may break the rule without even entending to. Most of us are given atleast one day off from work, but often we turn to do other work to keep ourselves busy. Although this may be with the best intentions, not keeping the Sabbath is breaking the Creator’s law.

Therefore I highly encourage you to observe the Sabbath and keep it holy.

The Passover

I felt the need to share with you this word a few days ago, but wanted to study it a bit more before putting the blog out. As I was writing and almost finished my text, I didn’t realise which day it was untill I checked on the calender and saw that today is the 8th of April, the first day of Passover…

In my attempt to understand the current situation I turned to the scriptures to find an answer and I found something interesting that I would like to share with you.

When you look in the scriptures, there is one particular story that can be related to what we are currently experiencing, the story of the Passover. This is found in Exodus 11-14. I would highly recommand that you read this for yourself in the scriptures to have better picture but here is an illustration: The Israelites were working as slaves for the farao and his people. The Creator of all things sent Moses to ask the farao to let His people go but the farao didn’t want to.
Therefore The Creator of all things let Moses and Aron to perform several wonders in farao’s land because they didn’t believe in the word of G-d.
In total there were ten pleagues sent up on the land, but the most remarkable one, the one we can relate to in the current situation is the Passover.
This is when The Creator of all things told Moses that He will go through farao’s land and strike down every first born in every household but will pass over the house holds of the Israelites as they were instructed to put the blood of a young lamb that had no defect on their door frame, on the top and the sides. The pleague took place even farao’s first born was taken by the Creator of all things on that night.
The instructions given by Moses to the Israelites regarding the Passover were as follow: ((Exodus 11.23-24))
“None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down”
When you read this you can see some similarities with the current situation:
– people are asked to stay indoors
– there are lives taken in many house holds
– what I didn’t even know and only realised as I was studying to write this is the fact that all of this takes place in early spring, just as the first passover took place according to the scriptures.
Now you may wonder, do we need to put the blood of a lamb on our doors to be saved? Well if you are accustomed to this, then do whatever your authorities tell you. But I am going to tell you what this symbolizes in Christianity.
As Christians we believe in the same Creator as the Children of Israel.
According to the old testament, which is relatable to the Torah, to be redeedmed from our mistakes we had to offer a young lamb without any defect, like it is illustrated in this story, by the slaughtering of the lamb. But in the new testament this changed. We still had to be redeedmed as we are humans and still make mistakes. But the Creator of all things sent His only Son, who had no sin(no defects) to be crucified (slaughter) on the cross (symbol for sacrifice), He was bruised and through His blood we have redemption and as the scriptures says in 1.Peter 1:18-19:
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

This is such a vast concept, there is so much to say about this. It’s amazing that as I am writing this, I am learning so much my self. But it was important for me to share this with you today. As you need to know that according to the wtitten law of the scriptures, we the Children of G-d have been redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ who died on the cross for us but you need to believe this and declare this over your life. As written in Galatians 3.13-14.

So I would encourage you to take the time and read the scriptures for yourslef, learn all about this and declare it over your life and your households so that Nothing shall by any means hurt you for the Lord our G-d will be with us wherever we go.