Sunday, March 22, 2009

In the name of 'privacy'

When God created man in His own image and likeness as clearly stated in the Scriptures and I believe in this as the origin of man, one of the reasons for this was for fellowship which was to be very intimate with Himself and I believe that He wants and desires that fellowship to continue in the world today with Him and with fellow human beings.

In the name of ‘privacy and silence’, our contemporary society has come to a point where we have disconnected ourselves with one another, be alone and eventually being lonely which results into depression and desperation. What is the result of all this; drug abuse, low ethical standards in the community, high rate of suicide, shootings and killings in various learning institutions.

I have a conviction that it is time for us to start accepting to hear the ‘noise’ that comes from our neighbors and friends and reconnect back to enjoy the fellowship that comes from our Creator.

Success through Failure

While reading your Bible at least once every year as it is the custom of many Christians and is highly recommended to many other Christians worldwide, have you ever come to the passage of scripture in Genesis 9:20-23 where Noah became drunk and ended up being naked, how about the passage in Genesis 20:1-6 where Abraham lies to Abimelech about his wife Sarah and God nearly strikes the King dead. As if these examples are not enough, the Bible continues to give an account of Moses exalting himself and striking the Rock instead of talking to it as he has been instructed by God and this costed him the price of entering the Promised Land.(Numbers 20:7-13). How about Elijah’s murmurings in I Kings 19 after the contest with the false prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel? Have you also read in II Samuel 11 about David’s great ‘double sin’ of having a sexual affair with Uriah’s wife and also making Uriah be killed in the battle field? Or Jonah’s rebellious spirit for not wanting to go to Nineveh to deliver the message of the Lord and instead running to Tarshish which made the sailors and business people lost a lot of ‘money’ by throwing their goods into the sea? How about Peter’s denial of our Lord Jesus Christ on the night when He was about to be crucified on the Cross because of the sins of all humankind? How about the passage in Acts 15:36-41 where Paul not wanting to go to mission work with John Mark because he had earlier deserted them and as a result a sharp disagreement coming up between Paul and Barnabas and Barnabas taking John Mark and sailing with him to Cyprus while Paul takes Silas and goes through ‘Syria and Cilicia strengthening the churches.’?

These Bible characters are some of the noblest ones in the whole Bible and it is very rare in one’s Christian walk not to hear about their stories. As I was trying to reflect on them, I came to realize that they failed in their walk with the Lord in one way or another as the stories tell clearly but at the same time, they did not remain in the state of being failures but started again afresh and continued to serve the Lord.

Have you ever felt like being a failure in your walk with the Lord and thought that you have completely missed it out, I would like to encourage us all that we still have the potential of being successful through failing when we go back to the Lord with all our hearts and ask of Him to remould us again for ‘we are the clay and He is the potter.’

“You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures.” Charles Noble.

“Success is that way just a little after the splat. It is not time yet to throw in the towel.” Unknown Guru

God bless you richly

Sunday, March 08, 2009

17th Spiritual Birthday

On March 8th 1992, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Today as I celebrate my 17th Spiritual birthday, I would like to share with you the story of the eagle which I have heard others share with me. I have been told that an eagle has a life span of between forty to seventy years. The first forty years are like normal but in order for it to get to seventy, then it has to be willing to take an extra step.
As it keeps maturing, its beak and claws start becoming weak as a result of the continuous growth and by the time it gets forty, it is not a good hunter as before when its beak and claws were strong. Due to this, the eagle takes a maiden trip to its nest where it first starts by hitting its long beak hard on the rock until it breaks and a new one starts growing. After the beak growing, it uses it to remove its long claws from its legs and after the growth of the claws and the new beak; it then uses them to pluck the thick feathers on its chest and wings in order for new ones to grow. After the eagle growing new beak, claws and feathers, it leaves its nest and comes back and it can come and live for the next thirty years being effective in its hunting skills until it reaches seventy.
As I celebrate this birthday today, it is my sincere prayer that I learn from the eagles and what they do in order for them to continue living until they reach their peak. I pray that God will help me remove the overgrown claws, overgrown beak and the thick feathers that make me become less effective in my walk with the Lord by confessing both known and unknown sins, read my Bible daily, fellowship with other believers and continue trusting the Lord to help me grow a new beak, claws and feathers.
May the peace of the Lord be with you always.