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17Aug
Choosing your hiding place
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I often play hide and seek with my nearly 4 year old daughter. When she was a little bit younger, before we start the game, she’d tell me where to hide and sometimes she tell me where she’ll hide! 😂😂😂 (She’s bossy like that)

Recently I came across this verse in the bible that got me thinking that whilst announcing where you were going to hide might not be the best idea on the playground, in real life we often need to choose and announce our hiding place before the storm.

This a Psalm of David. David knew about hiding. He had to hide in caves from Saul who was trying to kill him. One time he had to disguise himself as someone who was mentally unwell in order to hide amongst the philistines, long time enemies of Israel at the time.

But in all of these clever places he found to hide, he discovered that his real hiding place was in God! And he announced it upfront in the above verse.

If you choose you hiding place upfront, we settle it before you’re under pressure. If you make a good decision to ALWAYS hide in God, every challenge you face has to contend with Him.

If you choose your hiding place upfront, the emotions that get stirred up in us when we’re under pressure stands less chance of driving us to hide in the wrong place.

Have you caught yourself hiding away in an alcoholic beverage? In food? Drugs? Other people? Sex? The gym? Music?

There’s a place for all (or should I say some) of the above in life. But none of them was designed to be our hiding place. None of the above is equipped to hide you like God can.

In fact the place or person you consistently run to for shelter when you are under pressure eventually begins to exercise Godlike power over you.

If you’ve been hiding in anywhere but in God, return to the stronghold in God today. Practically we do that by choosing to believe that God WILL preserve you in trouble and eventually deliver you from trouble!

We hide in God when choose to believe that He is willing and capable of keeping you safe in EVERY WAY!!

Pray like David prayed: YOU ARE MY HIDING PLACE LORD!

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27Jul
When the promise doesn’t make sense
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If you’re like me, trying to live a life of faith in God through Jesus, there will be seasons of great contradictions. Living a life of faith is simply living a life that is directed and influenced by the Words of a living God, captured in scripture. Living a life of faith is choosing to live with expectations set by believing in the promises of God. 

The contradictions set in when you bump into situations that are directly at odds with the promises of God. 

When you expected help that never seems to be there. When you expected that they would fall on their knees asking what must I do to be saved after you shared the gospel with them as the Spirit of God led you to do. But all you got was a weird look. When you expected provision that is still pending.

I have learnt that these are the times when the quality of your faith is tested. I have learnt to fall back on the covenant. Psalm 89:34 says that God will not alter His Word or break His covenant. 

The Words of a God, His promises and instructions are backed up by the covenant. Even though God’s Word is good, on the basis of His integrity as a person, the covenant makes the promise legally binding. 

It’s one thing for a nice, trustworthy friend to give you a promise. It’s another thing for them to go through the effort to go to court, write up papers and sign an affidavit to make that promise legally binding. 

That’s what God has done. He gave His promise. Even though it is good enough, He legalises His promise by sending His son to die on the cross. Hebrews 6:18 tells us that this is God’s attempt to let you know how serious He is about His promise. 

I have learnt that the promise is given to set your expectation. And the covenant is given to help us keep our expectation set when the promise doesn’t seem to make sense. I have learnt to fall back on the covenant, particularly in seasons of great contradictions. 

Practically this means I am not afraid to be without an explanation for the contradictions, because I believe that the covenant ties God to me permanently, and if I keep walking conscious of His presence with me, in time, the pieces of the puzzle will fit. 

Hebrews 6:11-12 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Don’t quit or abandon the promise of God simply because it doesn’t add up right now and you’re looking like a mug right now. God has legally bound Himself to fulfill no His promise. Keep the faith. Be patient. You will inherit the promise. 

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06Apr
Leadership In the Kingdom of God
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God has called every one of his children to lead and to make a difference, but that difference is only made when we choose to apply ourselves to His purpose. Leadership is responsibility. We become children of God by the grace of God. However, we walk as sons by virtue of the responsibility we assume within the confines of His grace.

Whilst the whole world is yours by the grace of God, it is only those who develop the ability to be responsible for that which has been released to us by the grace of God that actually get to walk in their inheritance…

Let me explain this like this…I have an excellent father…and when I was growing up, he had a car. Now from the moment I was born, by virtue of the favour that my father had on me because I was His son, I had the privilege of being taken to school in that car…I had the privilege of being picked up from school in that car. But I didn’t have the privilege of driving that car on behalf of my father until a certain age!

Why? Because for whatever reason…I had not yet stepped up to the plate of responsibility.

So even though the car was available to me, I needed to be responsible enough to go to driving school…I needed to be responsible enough to pay attention enough to pass my driving test…it is now on the basis of my demonstration of this responsibility that my father now released me into using the car to drop of my younger ones at school and picking them from school…on His behalf!

This is what leaders are in the kingdom of God. Leaders are those who have stepped up to take responsibility to develop the different attributes that allow God to release them into the inheritance that belongs to them by the grace of God!

The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 that we are stewards of mysteries of God, and it is required that those who are steward to be found faithful…In other words we are called by the grace of God, but within the confines of His grace there is a requirement for me to be faithful as a steward of the promise by grace!

Leadership is about being responsible stewards of the things that God has given us by His grace. Everything God has promised you…everything you are believing for is by the grace of God. There is a requirement for us to develop attributes that make us responsible sons who administrate all that God has given us by His Grace.

 

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19Aug
It’s an inside job!
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Ephesians 3:13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Here in Ephesians 3 we join a conversation that Paul was having with the Ephesians. They were all facing a very difficult time. Paul was really loved by the church. He pastored them, taught them, fathered them and they loved him deeply. But things were not going as they expected it to go. He was being persecuted heavily.

A big challenge we all face in the JOURNEY OF life is the challenge of the unexpected. We can deal with the good things and even the bad things that we expect. But most people struggle with the unexpected. No one expected their Pastor, Father to be hated, totured and imprisoned like Paul was. That was an unexpected development that caused the ephesians to be disheartened, despondent, discouraged. And in view of this Paul says DONT LOSE HEART!

Now check out why he admonished them to not lose heart:

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,[c] 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love

He says don’t lose heart because I have prayed for you! Did he pray for the persecutions he was facing to stop? No. Even though this was the reason the Ephesians were disheartened! Instead he prayed that they will be strengthened with might through the Holy Spirit in the Inner man!

Most of the time when we lose heart, it is usually because there is something that is discouraging on the outside and when you get discouraged or disheartened, you lose the strength to go forward.

The temptation for us is to begin to look for something that is encouraging on the outside too. As the thing that sapped your strength is on the outside, we tend to look for things on the outside to change in order for us to be strengthened again. However God has set things up in such a way that the strength you need to deal with what you face comes THROUGH HIS SPIRIT…IN YOUR INNER MAN!

Whilst you were waiting to get a spouse on the outside to overcome the sense of loneliness in your heart, God was waiting for you to look at the inner man! Your strength will not come from the outside, it will come from the inside! LOOK INSIDE! LOOK AT THE HOLY SPIRIT

Listen, it really doesn’t matter what is going on on the outside. Paul, in Philippians 4:13(AMP) said “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who [a]infuses inner strength into me; I am [b]self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]”

It’s an inside job!

This simple truth has set me free from having a victim mindset and birthed a deep desire to know this person who literally holds ALL of my life in Him…The Holy Spirit. Investigate this person. Know Him. Lean on Him. ALL of your life is in HIM.

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04Sep
NO SUBSTITUTE FOR FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD!
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Hebrews 8:11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.

God in His wisdom has set up a covenant with mankind. A covenant is a binding agreement that outlines the basis of the relationship between 2 parties. In Hebrews 8, God tells us about the covenant that is currently in effect between God and man. A key part of this relationship is that we will all have the privilege of a personal relationship with God. Which means we get to have a first hand experience of Him!

I believe we are living in times when the only thing that will set you apart from the rest is YOUR personal knowledge of Him! There so many perplexing things happening in the World, and even in the body of Christ. I believe the only thing that can keep you in peace in the times we live in is a FIRST HAND experience of God.

I’ve been friends with my wife now for about 10 years and we’ve been married for 5 of those years. I have spent A LOT of time with her in these years! We haven’t been apart for long at all. So it’s safe for me to say I know her! My relationship with her is not based on how anyone else sees her, but it’s based on my personal, FIRST HAND knowledge of her.

Most Christians have a second hand experience of God. This means that what we know of God is what someone else said about Him.

Thank God for people he uses to teach us about God. I believe that preaching and teaching about God is indispensable to the health of our relationship with God. Just like learning about women and marriage is indispensable to the health of my relationship with my wife. But those who teach me about relationships are still not my wife! I will run into BIG trouble if I treat them in that way!

Those who teach you about God and His ability are NOT GOD! They will never be God! A relationship with them will never be a substitute for a relationship with God! We honour those who teach us about God, but we WORSHIP GOD! Real worship comes out of a first hand experience of God.

Every one has an opinion about God! With the internet, every one can voice their opinion, and with social media you can even get opinions about God that you didn’t ask for! Delivered direct to you door! Without a personal knowledge of God, you will be open to the torment that comes when you inevitable come across someone who says “you’re doing it ALL wrong!”

Learn all you can from those who teach about God. But prioritise a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with Him. He is available to us. I define worship as any intimate interaction you have with God. You can’t be tormented by different winds of doctrine if you worship I.e interact with God personally. Seize every opportunity you have to relate with God. It’s an awesome privilege made available to EVERYONE by & through Jesus.

How about right now, just talk to God. Say hello. He’s waiting. Fear of every kind dissipates when you have a FIRST HAND experience of God. We live in times when there is NO SUBSTITUTE FOR A PERSONAL, FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD!

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06Nov
PUT ON YOUR FIGHTING FACE!
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(MY FIGHTING FACE!)

People who train you in health and safety often advice that before you lift a load, you need to first evaluate the load to see if you can lift it by yourself or if you need help. In life we always face various situations in which we are consciously or unconsciously evaluating what we face and trying to make a decision on whether we are able to tackle the situation by our strength or if we will need help.

Fear sets in when upon evaluation of the load that HAS to move, you find that you don’t have strength equal to the task ahead. This is where you still need a job, but feel you can’t stand another rejection! You still need to be made well, but you can’t stand hoping for a better report this time. You still want a good relationship, but you don’t have the strength to be vulnerable enough to trust again. You want a first class degree but you can’t stand the possibility of failing your exams.

At this point, you can either step sideways or backwards onto another load that you feel your strength can handle, or you step up to the task ahead of you in spite of the disparity between your strength and the strength of what you face. I recommend the later, because the former is a GUARANTEED PATH TO MEDIOCRITY! I recommend you put on your fighting face…not the cute one…the ugly one that comes by default when you mean business…Yeah that one…put it on and step up to the plate!

I believe in God. If you are willing to consider that He is God, He has made some pretty awesome promises to be your helper. He even backed this promise up with a covenant! Check out the following passages from the bible:

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. (Isaiah 40:28, 29 NKJV)

Not only is He the God who gives you strength when you are weakened by what you face, He has also promised to always be with you ; Hebrews 13:5 – Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Today, you can step up to the plate, put on your fighting face and say BOLDLY “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6 NKJV)

STEP UP! WITH GOD, THERE IS NOTHING MEDIOCRE ABOUT YOU. WALK TOWARDS THAT THING KNOWING THAT THE LORD IS YOUR HELLPER!

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13Nov
One reason I love Church
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Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)

If we will produce maximum results from our lives, we have to be those who understand that we are designed to influence our world much more than our world influences us. We are not denying that our world will have an influence on us, but the challenge is to be more determined to ensure that the influence that you have on your world is greater than the influence that your world has on you!

As a christian who now has Christ on the inside of you…you literally have THE creative force of life on the inside of you. John 1:3 NLT says God created everything through HIM (the Word) and nothing was created except through him. So if you have the Word on the inside of you, you have the very creative force of life inside of you…and the challenge of living a fruitful life is that of ensuring that the created things on the outside do not enter in to crowd or drown the creative force of life in you! That was the problem with the thorny ground person described by Jesus in Mark 4.

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One of the reasons I love Church (I can at least speak for my Church) is that it is a place where there is a high concentration of the power that reinforces and helps us build up our confidence (faith) in the Word, the creative force of life, Jesus…so much so that external influences don’t stand a chance in altering my God given destiny as described by the Word, the creative force of life! Nothing on the outside should be allowed to alter your destiny as described by Jesus!

A good church will help you deal with the challenge of living by helping you ensure that the reality of Word (Jesus) on inside is greater than the reality of the things we see in our World.

Get connected to a good church!

Grace be with you.
Chido

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11Sep
Help! I need strength…
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When it comes to the things that are to do with what we hope for, at one point or the other, we’ll get to the place where we feel so tired that we are prepared to give up…(if you’ve never been there, you are either not stretching your neck out for anything, or you haven’t lived long enough)

The great thing about God is that He understands us humans so much that He made provision for us to have access to strength in times like that. Abraham & Sarah are really good examples of how to access strength to keep going. Romans 4:18 tells us that Abraham believed in Hope even when there was no reason to hope. Hebrews 11:11 (KJV) tells us that Sarah received STRENGTH to conceive…because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Those two scriptures tell me that somehow, Abraham & Sarah eventually learnt to trust God beyond their desire for manifestation. This is the place where (as my Pastor puts it) we develop from faith to trust. This is the place where we say “I Trust God, more that I need the thing I am hoping for”. This is the place where we enter into rest because we are so confident that our God is so good at being God, that He will remain faithful to keep that which we have entrusted to Him…

This place of rest, is the place of strength..Isaiah 26:3-4 says You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.Trust in the LORD forever: for in the LORD GOD is everlasting strength:

Notice that he who trusts God is kept in peace. Notice also the reason why developing trust in God is the key to your strength…In the LORD GOD is everlasting strength. The one in whom you are trusting is the only source of everlasting strength!

God says in Isaiah 32:18My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.

If you feel tired of hoping & believing, just begin to confess, “I trust God more than I need this thing to be manifested in my life”…that’s how you enter your place of rest. In this place of rest, you will find strength to continue hoping & believing. You’ll find strength to continue living, because to truly be alive, is to truly continue hoping and believing.

Live a restful life…Live a powerful life!

Chido

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