THE SIMPLE THINGS – PART TWO

When God gives you a Word, don’t make a paragraph out of it!

We tend to neglect the simple things thinking that they are insignificant. This is far from the truth as the simple things build up to become quite complex problems or on the other hand they might just be what builds us up. A person who runs away from a problem that they are meant to handle at a particular time will encounter the same problem on a larger scale haunting them in a later stage in life. Your capability in handling the little problems will determine whether you can manage larger problems.

Simple acts of kindness have become rare in the current society. As Christians we should ever strive to be the people who stand out or we might lose the essence of our calling. When others are hating, be the one to show love. When others are cursing, stand up and bless. I once gave a polo shirt to a guy that had admired a similar one that I possess. He was really surprised and told me that nobody had extended such a gesture. Most of the people that he has encountered here in Kenya were just after money from him because he is a white man. Well, as you may well know, there is a misconception that every ‘mzungu’ must be a rich man…haha. So you never know, your small gesture of kindness might go a long way. It might actually be the only kindness that somebody receives in this crazy world.

Our relationship with God is also made up of the little things done everyday. When God gives you a Word, don’t make a paragraph out of it! When He asks you to perform a simple task, don’t complicate it and don’t twist His words. God always starts with little tasks and can never push you to a point where you cannot handle the task, so just trust Him. Your relationship with Him grows dependent on how well you can perform simple things. For example; if He asks you to pray for 10 minutes at a particular hour, you will be surprised at the rate of growth you will experience in your prayer life by just being faithful.

God works through principles. Case in point: Hearing the voice of God. One person might go forty days and nights to hear the voice of God while another might just put in practise a simple principle of what they need to do and how they should live and hear Him in just days. Your ability to discover and implement these Heavenly principles will tell how much you prosper and how accurate your representation of your father in Heaven is.

The Holy Spirit is here on earth to be our helper as we go about our lives. When we do not accept His heed by rejecting His voice, we tend get into trouble that He is trying to avert us from encountering. I am learning more and more to listen to the Holy Spirit, to recognize when He speaks. His voice is quite unique as it goes straight into my heart. I don’t like disobeying Him and whenever I do it causes me grief. The book of Ephesians:4.30 says: “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
I believe what one feels after such a disobedience is just the Holy Spirit showing you how much you have hurt Him. On the other hand, obedience has become thrilling. This is because with every small act of obedience, there is growth. What He asks of you becomes more ‘impossible’ in your eyes and it take faith to move that step, and when you do….well…the joy is unexplainable and my heart comes close to bursting.

Last week Tuesday I got to attend the KKrew Bible Study after such a long while. Dj Moz reminded us of the importance of the simple acts that make up who we are on the topic: ‘This is us’. What quality would people ascribe to you. Character is build by the simple actions. If you want to be a certain kind of person, start putting into action the small things. Start by saying hello to somebody, start by showing love to your neighbour before going to show love to the world. Give them your time and hear out their story, they might encourage you or vise versa. Have you ever been around somebody who just exudes love, not just pretense but genuine love? A person who naturally makes you feel appreciated? I treasure such people for indeed few exist. Being part of the body of Christ calls us to be like Christ. Those around us should feel the kind of love that Christ gives. You have to understand that He not only has love but that He Himself is love and that’s who He has called us to be.

Acts:19.13-16 “Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. [One day] the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.”

The seven sons of Sceva were people who did not understand the principle of starting with the simple things. You cannot cast out demons without knowing the Word of God. They did not know that you cannnot use the name of Jesus if:
1. You do not know the person
2. You do not have the authority
They tried casting out a demon and it turned on them, beat them up and shamed them just because they had not yet grasped the simple principles needed for the name to work for you.

My advise: Start with the simple things in order to achieve greater things that Jesus tells us in John 14:12 that we can do. Pastor James put it so clearly: “Many young people are trying to overtake their fathers yet they have not yet grasped how to do what their fathers are able to do.” You have to start with what is made available to you before going after what is beyond your grasp. Start by perfecting the simple things before trying to perfect the intertwined frameworks of a large operation. Start by laying a good foundation in order to build a grand pyramid. Have a blessed Easter Holiday!

 

You can view the first part of this blog here: THE SIMPLE THINGS – PART ONE

THE JOY OF THE LORD

Only when in touch with the Lord can you experience true peace,

Because He washes all your troubles away; indeed He is the Prince of Peace.

The only shaking…no! Booming…comes from my slow beating heart, reminding me that am alive.

Alive to proclaim His goodness and glorious grace.

Praise flow from my lips and laughter envelops my mouth. Well I don’t really know why.

Perhaps my spirit has fore-knowledge of an event am yet to encounter; or maybe it’s a battle secretly conquered.

Well, it ain’t the first time this has happened.

At times am considered crazy because of my unexplained laughing outbursts and labelled a ‘laughing machine’…haha…I rejoice because it is better to spread joy rather than sadness.

You see, my body trembles at this, on the realization that: “there is a fire starting in my bones and it’s coming out to light”.

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Indeed I rejoice that the Holy Spirit is working in me, pushing my spirit man into the light.

As Nehemiah realized way back that: ‘the Joy of the Lord is our strength’, I now know how true these words are.

Joy will keep you flying above the troubles others see blocking their path-ways.

Whoever said you cannot do it? Whoever said you cannot make it?

Trust me you are in coordination with the Spirit of God, He will reveal to you whatever principles you need to get to your prosperity; and in that prosperity, in that journey of revelation, therein your joy lies!

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THE SIMPLE THINGS

Many things are not going how I would love them to work out but when I see the 
little things that God does for me, my heart can only burst out and sing "All 
things are working for my good".

Recently I have come to learn of the great significance that one item can bring. One person can determine whether you are fulfilled or whether you feel lonely. One minute while your life is on the line can determine whether you will survive or you will die. In a minute, you can lose a life changing opportunity or you can be introduced to a destiny helper who can change your life forever.

The number one is mainly associated with new beginnings and all beginnings carry hope. Hope in itself is quite profound. A spark of hope in one’s heart can drive a man to climb up a freezing mountain with only a ‘shuka’ wrapped around him haha…(it can drive you to achieve what you thought was impossible). Hope is the fire that lights up one’s dark world. It brings a shine to one’s eyes and changes the way they see their future by giving a new perspective to the things we see around us.  The presence of hope can determine whether a person lives and its lack unfortunately can literally kill somebody right from the depths of their soul.

Our greatest hope as Christians however is rooted in Christ. Galatians 3:28 says “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” This speaks of the grace of salvation; a grace that accepts us despite our titles, faults or even our current identities and makes into one entity (the body of Christ).  Personally, I love speaking of this grace that set me free because one can only share of a goodness that they have personally tasted. And ohh how good it is, a grace where our sins are forgiven whenever we approach the throne of God and repent. This is evident in Zechariah 3:9 “and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.” It does not matter how long you have thrived in sin, when you decide to turn to God in repentance and a broken heart, He forgives your sin in that very instant. This hope gives us an assurance of the impossibility; a home where riches flow through the street; receiving a love we did not deserve  by doing one simple thing – accepting Him.

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Recently I was taught about the ‘Fight for Peace’ and the teaching just changed my way of thinking. There cannot be peace if a war has not been fought. Taking the case of David as an example; Israel before and during the time of David was constantly involved in wars. David in particular started fighting from the time he was a young boy acting as a shepherd by killing a lion and a bear that came to plunder the sheep. He was then able to kill goliath when all the men in the town were shaking out of fear of the great giant. Further down in his rule, David eliminated all his enemies that meant to do him harm. He was a man of valor; a man of war.  In fact, he spilled so much blood that God did not allow him to build the temple. Solomon his son was tasked with that work. However, all the fighting war not in vain. It is important to note that during Solomon’s reign, there was peace throughout the kingdom. This peace was as a result of the fighting that David, his father, had been involved in. Practically everyone wants to be successful and live in peace in a good home, able to provide for their livelihood… and this begs the question, what are they doing to get there? Before success there has to be the work put in place to achieve it. Without this simple attitude, you will not get anywhere.

One of my greatest inspirations has got to be my dad. He is a real fighter, that’s for sure. He is not one to give up when pursuing what he puts his mind to. With all that the world has thrown at him, he would have been a gooner if he didn’t possess the will to fight. “You have to realize that what you desire to achieve will not come to you easy; there will be struggles that you have to act wisely to get across” is something he reminds me. Life is mainly about how you perceive what comes your way.

“A man who fears hell on earth shall be broke but him who lives by the fear 
of God shall be rich”- Prophet Joel Lutuka

Many things are not going how I would love them to work out but when I see the little things that God does for me, my heart can only burst out and sing “All things are working for my good”. Indeed God is good. Never doubt His goodness just because you cannot see past the obstacle in front of you. Enlarge your vision and keep pushing on. Be able to recognize the little things. Recognize the one person that speaks words of encouragement which strengthen your spirit; The hope and dreams deep inside you; the daily effort you need to punch it to live your dream; The investment that will earn you millions many years later. When you are able to do so, these simple things will result into life changing moments.

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