Consider the birds.

I keep saying this. I believe Jesus is the most wonderful human being that ever walked this earth. I love reading His words. Those things that are his exact speech in the Bible are always uplifting, worth reading and fun! πŸ˜‚

I get worried every now and then about things and people and situations. Today I was worried about my future. I took out my note book and began to scribble things. I was thinking long and hard about my future. Then I got tired and wrote the word “confused”.

My own thoughts and plans had started to confuse me. How sway.

I went to where I always go to in times like this – the Bible. And I found choice words from Jesus in Matthew 6. 25 to 34 and expounded the text word for word. It gave me such great joy.

6.25 says – do not worry about your life in its entirety. God has got your whole life snatched! lol. My words not His πŸ˜‚. What you will eat or drink. Do not even worry about your body – what you will put on. Is life not more than food? And the body more than clothing? Good questions Jesus. Life is indeed more than food and the body alot more than clothing. We are so concerned about the basics yet life is so much more than these things. These are the things that make people wake up early in the morning and sleep late at night. We want to eat, feed others, dress well. We are so concerned about day to day living!

6.26 Consider the birds. Look at the birds of the air – Jesus said. They neither sow nor reap nor gather up in barns. πŸ€” Birds are not involved in weekly or monthly shopping. They dont farm. They dont buy food. They dont refrigerate things and they dont have pantries or kitchen cabinets. Yet our heavenly father feeds them. We only heard of angry birds never a hungry bird! Is your life not more valuable than these? Honestly, do you consider yourself more valuable than a bird? You should if you dont because you are the apple of God’s eye. Also, why would you consider yourself equal to or less than a chicken or a pigeon? Just dont.

6.27 is where I found the most humour.Jesus asks, Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If worrying made people tall Im sure some of us would be named GoliathπŸ˜…. What Jesus is asking us is to do a little research on our worries. Have they ever helped us in any way? I think not! Worry has no benefit. Really.

6.28 – 30 β€œSo why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

I love nature! I love how God has dressed this world in beauty and spleandour that man cannot copy or emulate. The wealthiest man in history – Solomon never made one flower or created such beauty to reflect or compete with the work of God. Even the best fabric does not compare to God’s artistry. If God does this to things which to him have no meaning, here today gone tommorow, how much more will he do for those whose minds and hearts he purposely set out to win since the beginning of time.

Man, makes me want to throw out all my clothes and wait on God to bring the designer labels! πŸ˜†

6.31 emphasizes yet again, do not worry about superficial things!

6.32 is profound. It says that it is not christ like to think about these things. It doesnt look good on us. This is behavior for people who have no God, the gentiles. We however have a father who already knows that we need these things to survive! He is ready to supply. It is not for us to keep searching. Yuko tayari kutupatia vitu hivi na kutimiza mahitaji yetu.

6.33 Shifts our focus to the important thing. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and ALL these things SHALL be added unto you. When we focus on the kingdom, Gods plan, His purpose and agenda, His will, everything will be given us.

Wow.

Just wow.

6.34 Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own troubles.

I hope these verses put things in perspective for you, whatever you’re going through.

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Perspective

Is your glass half full, half empty or is it just a glass of water?

This post has been instigated by the numerous tweets that I have seen of people describing so called “atrocities” that have been recorded in the Bible. The latest Ive seen is someone retelling the story of Job.

Man, I rather they didn’t retell that story as they did. I also hoped I didnt read that thread soon as it was over. Lakini maji yakimwagika hayazoleki ama namna gani.

I was grieved to say least.

We all have lenses through which we see life and things. Lenses are a result of our experiences in life. They say experience is the best teacher but that teacher shifts our thinking. This is probably why its better to depend on other people’s experiences. Our lenses determine how we live our lives.

Is it possible that we use our lenses and individual bias to read the bible?

Unfortunately we do. But that shouldn’t be the case. The Bible is not a comic book, or a novel. Its not just one of those books that CANT be read and forgotten.

Of all the books in the world, the Bible is described as having the breath of God and fully inspired by Him (2 Timothy 3.16). The word of God is powerful – Hebrew 4: 12 says : For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. This is the kind of book that should discern us, but instead it works opposite for some. I mean, I dont know any other book that reveals the thoughts and intents of our heart.

God values His word. The Psalmist says “You have exalted your word above your name” Psalm 138:2. In the beginning God created the world. The word was also present at the beginning John 1. The word of God will outlive us. 1 Peter 1:25 . The word of God stands forever Isaiah 40:8. God has given us his word for our usage. He speaks primarily to us through it and says that if we read it regularly it becomes a spiritual weapon. Ephesians 6:17. Everything that is written in the Bible for the present and future shall come to pass because God watches His word to perform it Jeremiah 1:12 and β€œGod is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Numbers 23:19 NKJV

So, how should we approach God’s good word to gain the most?

I suggest the most important thing is to put down our bias and read with a humble mind. It reminds me of how I used to read Chemistry books back in High School. The kind of humility that you get when you read a subject you know nothing about is unmatched! I used to read the mole concept with such peeled eyes, ready to gain even 0.1% of what mole concept is… I never did.

God is however, good! He has made the commitment to meet us at our point of need. He who seeks is promised to find. He who asks is assured to receive. He who knocks the door shall be open to him.

In a world where it is easy to be a critic,lets not be among them. Instead, lets commit ourselves to gaining knowledge and understanding.

The fear of Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9.10). Let us seek to know God. To understand His will and His way. It is worth it. He is worth it.

In conclusion, Job was a wonderful man. We know that the devil is an accuser of the believers. If you believe in God., the devil accuses us before God almost daily. Revalations 12.10 is very clear on that. Heaven is like a courtroom. The devil accuses us before God but once we accept Jesus into our heart, He becomes our advocate. 1 Timothy 2: 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. He is there to plead our case. That is why He accepted to shed His blood, to be able to fully cover us!

The story of Job not only serves as an example of why we NEEDED a mediator (Jobs story was before Jesus) but also tells us as people who trust in God our priority SHOULD be more than food, money, wealth, family, relationships, friends etc. Our focus should be on God.

Granted, not many of us can pass Job’s test. We are weak and our frailty would never allow us to endure what Job endured. That is why we say thank you God for Grace and Mercy and all the things that came with our wonderful advocate Jesus Christ.

To cut the long story short since its 00.24HRS, I pray that we shall accept Jesus into our hearts, accept the work of the cross, allow Him to fix our sight when we read the bible and be very open to receiving the lessons, insight, knowledge, reproof, warning and everything the word of God offers.

Be blessed!

Asante.

Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever. Psalm 106:1

Ive been complaining and murmuring alot lately. In my complaining Ive found out that complaining leads to more complaining. Its a cycle.

Im now challenging myself to complain less and say thanks more. For the little things and the big things. Here goes:

1. I am grateful to God for being constant. He is always there. In the good times and bad. On my best and worst days. I can always turn to God, depend on Jesus and take comfort in the Holy Spirit

2. I am grateful for the life God has given me , with all its intricacies. Over 25 years of living and learning I feel that God has been particularly kind to me. I am more grateful for the vision of eternity.

3. I am grateful for family. People close to my heart who I have the privilege of loving and spending my life with. Wonderful people. I thank God I get to spend this life with them – I hope we all make it to eternity….love those guysπŸ’•

4. I am grateful for air. Free oxygen and carbon dioxide. I love it. I get to breathe every day, so cool 😎

5. Im greatful for my job. It is a beautiful space where God has placed me. I get to interact with amazing people, solve legal problems, meet people and love them. I get to see what God is doing in the world and be intrigued (I get very intrigued sometimes πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…) . I am thankful that God sees it fit to put me in this place at this time. It’s mind blowing that he picked me to have the skills and abilities that I have. Cant say thank you enough. Lord help my work ethic to reflect my privelege.

Ill write number 6 – 1,000,000 on my notebook. I challenge you to do the same for the next ten days. Be grateful for something. Write it down & Reflect on it. It helps to put things in perspective.

Tell me how it goes if you can πŸ˜€

Do not conform.

Hii. Long time no write πŸ˜…

LOL!

Im here to share portions of scripture that God has placed in my heart tonight. First, ROMANS 12:1-2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Godβ€”this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will isβ€”his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

You know when the Bible says that all scripture is useful (2nd Timothy 3:16) it actually means it. Sometimes its good to interrogate what is before our favourite verses because everything means something.. Also, things are best understood in context.I have been knowing verse 2. I’ve also known verse 1. I’ve however not known verse 1 and 2 as I have today because I have failed to put the 2 verses in context.

Context is everything – even in our day to day conversations we dont like it when people dont contextualize things we say or did.

I say all this to say that verse 1 teaches us about worship and our bodies- true worship. I believe then, that verse 2 in urging us not to be conformed to the patterns of this world is talking about what we do with our bodies and how we can live our lives to ensure that we offer to true worship to God.

True worship I would say is being a living sacrifice- Yes we are currently living and breathing but we should live in a manner that is totally sold out to who we believe in (God). You know how in the olden days they used to burn sacrificies? Today we do not burn sacrifices at altars but we are expected to lay our lives at God’s altar and allow the scent of our true daily worship to permeate the sky. The way we live our lives is the incense that wafts to heaven.

These scriptures challenge us not to indulge blindly in things but rather allow the Holy Spirit to work on our minds. The Holy Spirit changes how we view things. How we view ourselves, our environment, our family, career, friendship, the environment we live in.

The Bible says that when our minds are renewed we are able to test what the will of God is – His good and perfect will for our lives. When our minds are new ( we no longer have our old mind, thank God! ) we are not subject to peer pressure & societal standards are so far from us, because we rely on heavenly standards. We are cut from a different cloth! I believe we are more objective about how we live our lives. We live in purpose.

Like Paul asked the church at Corinth “…do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” I Corinthians 6:19‭-‬20 NKJV

Everything belongs to God. Our life is literally not ours. Paul says we were bought at a price. By blood. The Blood of Jesus Christ purchased us therefore everything we do should be for His glory.

In the spirit of context, 1st Corinthians 6:18 says “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body” I Corinthians 6:18 NKJV

I have asked myself time and again: What does sinning against my own body mean? And this example has just come to mind. Assuming I have a nice quaint house and it is made of gold from top to bottom. Now assume further that I go into my house and litter everywhere or just let a bunch of garbage swim in the house. (I would have given more graphic examples but I wontπŸ˜‚) I would have a very hard tine when I retreat to my house. The dirt and stench would not allow me peace.

Yet that is what the bible likens sexual immorality to. Defacing our abode. Our bodies are our earthly homes. They carry our mind soul and spirit. Our bodies also carry the Holy Spirit or evil spirits depending on what we decide to carry. Light cannot exist where there is darknees. Neither darkness where there is light. Just switch on the lights in a dark room and youll know what Im saying.

I believe its time to take charge our lives by asking God to give us new minds to decipher His will while we live on earth.

Liberated.

Short post.

Forgiveness is so liberating. It is like taking continuous long deep breaths of fresh mountain air. πŸ’―

I love that God has given us this gift of being able to forgive. When the bible says we are made in the image and likeness of God, it means just that. If God can forgive so can we and He also lets us know how good it feels to forgive. No wonder He forgives us daily.

I am glad that I can forgive and be forgiven. I am happy to accept my flaws and those of my fellow humans. I embrace the forgiveness of God through Christ Jesus and I commit myself to emulating His charachter.

Reclaiming my time.

Every often, I like to reclaim my time from social media. It may seem little to some people but it makes a world of a difference to me. I find that I have more time on my hands and I listen to people more and etc good things.

Apart from the few people I share memes with and funny videos, I wouldnt know anyone social media has helped me communicate with for real. So much for a social media πŸ™„

I just spend alot of time bombarding myself with updates of everyone and it gets tiring.

I MEAN. What do I profit if I see where you go every 5 minutes and whatever you are doing. What do I have to do with your nights out/in? How does what you wear concern me at the end of the day? I dont even know most of the people I follow like that.

Human eyes can never have enough of seeing. We just want to see and see and see and see… Our eyes are not like our stomachs. Never will our eyes be full.

Therein lies the danger.

As long as God gives us sight and life we can look at anything we want. But we dont have the privilege of unseeing – yet what see determines how we are.

Luke 11:34 (AMP) says The eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive, focused on God], your whole body also is full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts]. But when it is bad [spiritually blind], your body also is full of darkness [devoid of God’s word].

The things we see on social media can launch us into heights, depths, pits and whirlwinds of emotions depending on what we see when we see it, and how we percieve it.

The major challenge for me however is how much of my time social media consumes.

Ephesians 5: 15 -17 says.. Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil. Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.

How does a sensible, intelligent discerning person use their time? What sense and intelligence do I display when Im constantly scrolling through the gram? Am I making the most of my time on earth? Can I find better use of my time? Am I taking every opportunity God gives me and using it with wisdom and diligence? Or am I trashing my opportunities because someone has better? Am I being foolish and thoughtless? Do I understand the will of the Lord for my life and am I walking in it?

Hmmh.

Points to ponder!

Thanks. 😁

One of the greatest advantages of having a relationship with God is being able to see things from his perspective. I have found myself saying “Thank You Lord for not letting me have my way” too often lately. I have also come to realize that Im not the brightest cookie in the jar. What works for me is that my God is constantly looking out for me. He has always been .

Na kwa hayo machache, nashukuru Mungu❀