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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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25Jan
Thank God for Ishmael, but Ishmael is NOT Isaac!
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There are always options that apparently look like alternatives to what God said to you. These options often sound logical and even reasonable. But the truth is that nothing compares to God’s Word to you.

God’s Word to Abraham was that he & Sarah would have a son. Having a son with Hagar seems logical, reasonable & even produces an Ishmael, a son who was also mightily blessed by God. But no matter how blessed Ishmael is, he will never be an Isaac!

So many of us are rejoicing in & testifying about our Ishmaels, when God had promised you Isaac! Is that you today?

I don’t know about you, I want my Isaac!

Lets make a decision to stick to the Word God gave you. Don’t settle for less than what His Word says about you & your circumstance. As you hold on to the Word of God, you are literally investing in truth…John 17:17 tells is that God’s Word is truth…the highest form of reality! Investments in the truth will ALWAYS yield great dividends!

Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Hebrews 10:35 – So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded 

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06Nov
Partnership with God: what is our part?
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I believe that one of the most powerful revelations a person can get is that God has decided to need you on this earth. God has complete authority over all things, but in Genesis 1:26 He decided to partner with man. In Genesis 1:28, He partnered with man; He did what He had previously decided to do…He gave man authority.

If any partnership is going to be effective, each partner will have to understand their part & the part of their partner. This understanding does away with the kind of scenario where we take on something that we weren’t supposed to take on. Taking on someone else’s part in any partnership eventually leads to frustration & disillusionment about the partnership.

So many of us have found ourselves frustrated and disillusioned with God because we have been taught to take on His part as well as our part. For instance, so many people don’t want anything to do with God, because they’ve been told that they have to clean up first in order to come to God. The truth is that coming to God is our part, but being cleaned up is His part. Jesus said Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth. (John 17:17 AMP)…notice that it is God who sanctifies. Anyone who attempts to sanctify themselves ends up with a frustration that is often passed on to those they come in contact with. It is those who have taken on God’s part with regards to sanctification that also take on God’s part with regards to judging people.

In our partnership with God we have only one part…to believe God. Romans 3:28 says that So we are made right with God through faith… to be made right with God is to have a functioning effective partnership with God, and the way that we do that is by believing or having faith in God.

Every person who did anything great for God started from a place of believing God…Yes Moses did parted the Red Sea…well, really all He did was believe God when God asked Him lift His Rod over the sea…God parted the Red Sea through Moses because He believed God. David defeated Goliath…but really all He did was believe that the God who delivered Him from the bear & the lion will deliver him from Goliath. Yes Peter walked on water but really all He did was believe Jesus when He said COME! All these people played their part which is to believe God, and God played His part which is to fulfil the Word they believed.

So many of us are taking on the pressure of doing similar great things for God without believing God. The evidence of our confession that we believe God is found in our stance when what you’re “believing” for does not materialise. When we focus more on the miracle that you need today, on the Holy person that you are supposed to be, on the good things that you are supposed to do…we are focusing on God’s part. When we focus on the great things that we are supposed to happen with our lives, or in the lives of our loved ones, we are taking on God’s part. If we continue to do that, we will end up frustrated and disillusioned about this partnership with God.

Today I pray that your faith (your ability to believe God confidently) will not fail you. I pray that you will have the courage to make a decision to believe God in spite of what you see around you. As we believe God, we are made right with God…which means that our partnership is in the shape that it is supposed to be in. If our partnership is in shape, that means that God will do His part. OUR PART IS SIMPLE…WE BELIEVE GOD!

Faithful is He Who is calling you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you]. (1 Thessalonians 5:24 AMP)

Here is one of my favourite quotes…

The most powerful thing a man can do is to believe God – Dr Ramson Mumba

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19Sep
Draw a line in the sand!
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Psalm 36:7 – How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

I believe that the most precious truth we can ever discover is the truth that God loves us with a love that does not fail! It’s a love that does not depend on what you did or didn’t do. It’s a love that does not need you to perform in order to qualify. This love is so deep and so great that even before we were born, He (JESUS) gave His life for us. Even though he knew you might not believe that He did die for you, he was not phased, He went ahead, suffered & died anyway! 

Even today, because of His love, He raises people from every nation, every language to go to great lengths to tell of His love for us. In every generation, He has ensured that somebody is describing His love! Here is the truth…the highest form of reality…YOU ARE DEEPLY LOVED! 

Isaiah 43:25 – “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.

Here is another precious truth, this God who is all powerful and all knowing, this God who has the first Word and the last Word in any matter (big or small)…He has nothing against you! Absolutely nothing! It’s not that we have not done things that offend Him, but because of His deep love, He overlooks the things we have done wrong and He does not keep a record of our sins! This is the truth…YOU ARE COMPLETELY FORGIVEN!

Whosoever accepts the truth that you are deeply loved & completely forgiven will find a place of safety in under the wings of this great God (Psalm 36:7b …both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.) When you accept this truth you’ll begin to realise that because God is for you, who is it that dares be against you? What situation, what circumstance dare harass you? 

Dear friend, the truth is that you are deeply loved & completely forgiven by the highest authority in all the universe! Based on these truths I have chosen to draw a line in the sand! I’ve refused to be harassed by inferiority or limitations. I refuse to live a half life. I refuse to accept condemnation or guilt. I choose to expect the best in my relationships, finances, walk with God etc, because I am deeply loved & completely forgiven by the only One that truly counts! 

On the basis of this truth, go ahead friend, DRAW A LINE IN THE SAND! No more harassment from the enemy!

Chido 

 

 

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