Saturday, January 14, 2017

Tribute to a Great Leader

His name is the Reverend Phineas Dube. He was one of our spiritual fathers. At the very beginning of the New Year, the Lord took him home to rest. Like most members of our church who knew his leadership ministry among'st us and across the world, we celebrated his home-going with joy and peace.

But his home-going was not without pain. For years he succumbed to the debilitating effects of Alzheimer disease. I don’t know much about this ailment. But all I know is how slowly and painfully we lost the man we used to know and revere. Slowly over the past years, he became a shadow of the great man of God he used to be. But even though the devil stole from us his physical appearance, he could not even in the least touch the solid teachings this man had imparted in our hearts over a decade of his service to God.

We prayed for him in our intercessory groups. We prayed for him in our own private closets. We believed in the God who answers prayers; whether it was a yes, no, or wait. We waited, and now we believe that our dearly loved spiritual father is at peace in the presence of the Savior he so faithfully served.

We thank our God for how Reverend Phineas Dube served in Africa, Singapore, Hawaii and other parts of the world. Because of his faithfulness, some of us were blessed with training under the prestigious Haggai International Institute for Leadership, Singapore.
Our prayers are now with Mama and the family; that God would continue to minister His peace and strength in their lives.

Seeing The Hand of God in Everything

Father in heaven, please help us to remember that anything that frightens us comes with an invitation to find the strength of knowing and trusting You.
I read this prayer in my morning bible study today, and it reminded me of my travel day yesterday.
I couldn’t have picked a worse off day to travel back to town from the farm. It was raining heavily. The farm road leading to the main highway was washed down with rain and thick mud. Trees were fallen over parts of the road and deep gorges were frighteningly lined down the middle and outer edges of the road.

But I had done one good decision at the start of my holiday in the village. I chose not to drive myself. I had remembered one year, during this season, when it had rained so bad that in one of my trips my vehicle had got stuck four times in the mud and had to seek the assistance of the villagers to come and push me out.

The second good decision that I made was to arrange for a kombi (rural shuttle) driver to come pick me up from the homestead. He arrived punctually at 6am. I was his first passenger and that was a real blessing, because I got to choose a better seat. As I took my seat, I prayed the prayer that I always pray when traveling on public transportation.

`Lord, here I am your righteous one through the blood of Jesus Christ. You said in Your Word that if You found even ten righteous persons, You will save the whole city because of their righteousness. (Genesis 18:1-33)
I could be the only one righteous in this vehicle, but that will not change Your promise; for You are faithful to Your Word always. Save us today, I pray, by the power of Your holy hand.
Having silently prayed that prayer, we left my homestead and proceeded to pick many other passengers. True to nature, by the time we headed towards town, the vehicle was heavily overloaded. We were twenty one passengers in total, including school children and babies, in a run-down vehicle meant to carry a maximum of fifteen people!

Because it was the beginning of a school term, we had teachers and parents accompanying their children to boarding schools. Hence we carried a lot of luggage stringed up precariously on the roof of the vehicle.

We also had an elderly couple going for some function somewhere, and they carried a goat with them; probably for feeding their guests! There are no police road blocks on such roads, and so anyone could do whatever was permissible to the driver. We could complain, and risk being chucked out of the vehicle, so we had to tolerate    the irritating bleating of the goat tied up on the roof of the vehicle amongst all the other luggage. Then you wonder why I pray so much! And talk about cruelty to animals!

Anyway, I had prayed my prayer of faith; and it was pretty much all I could reflect on as I sat squeezed in a tight little space by women with babies and carry-on bags all over the space. In my heart I decided to enjoy the journey and see it as an adventure! After all God had was in control. The possibility of that vehicle overturning or getting stuck in the mud, was very high, but I had prayed; and those thoughts were not an option.

We made it to the highway, squeezed but safe, relieved to be finally free from the carbon emissions coming from the back door of the vehicle which had been held from opening by a string tied to something underneath the vehicle.

God is good all the time! I got back to town without the stress of having to drive through those horrible muddy roads. And the two weeks spent with my mother, chatting, praying and relaxing was most precious. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Faith, hope and love.

Today the 10th of January,  is my grandchild's third birthday.  I celebrate God's goodness and favor towards me through this child.

I stopped writing resolutions many years ago.  It didn't work well for me.  I now do themes for each year. And this year my theme is 1 Corinthians 13v13 - 'And now these three remain : faith,  hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love '.

Whatever happened in the last year,  wherever it left me spiritually,  physically and emotionally,  I am still assured of these three unchanging elements of my Christian belief - faith,  hope and love.

Friday, December 16, 2016

God's Best Gift Ever

If you would wake me up from a restful sleep and ask me about me about the love of my life, I would have just one name for you. You guessed right; it's my Ru, my sweet little grandchild!
She's nearly three years old and the best thing that has ever happened to me. I also love my two sons, and my mum too. But Ru is special; maybe because I didn't have to carry a nine-months long belly, endure endless morning sickness, or survive four hours of going into labor!
With Ru, the parents just brought her to me and said, 'Ma, meet your grandchild'. It was love at first sight for us. I love her, she loves me, bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh. Remember Naomi from the Bible? Her youth was restored at the birth of her grandchild. Years of pain, sorrow, loneliness suddenly fell off when this child came into her life. And she loved the child as if he was her own. Ruth 4:13-16. It is such a blessing to be able to laugh and look at the world through the eyes of a child. It is so refreshing!
God in His love and compassion for us, saw the emptiness in us and gave us the love of His life to be our love forever. He saw our deepest need, the hunger for something meaningful and fulfilling. And he gave us a little bundle of joy at Christmas, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. He sent Him to us in the form of an adorable child. It is easy to fall in love with a child!
But could you ever expect a dear little child capable of taking you back into your youth? A child giving you hope when everything had grown dull, dreary and hopeless. Christ was given to us to restore to us what God had always desired for our lives but had lost through sin.
I came that you may life, life abundantly. John 10:10
To all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave them the right to become children of God. John 1:12
I believe that my grandchild Ru is the top of the icing to the wonderful love relationship I have with my Savior Jesus Christ. How about you?
This is what Jesus says to us all: Behold I stand at the door of your heart. If you would answer and let me in, I will come in and we will have a relationship that will be forever. Revelation 3:20
Won't you open your heart to this little child this Christmas?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

On Leadership With Bishop T.D.Jakes - GLS Interview

At the recent Global Leadership Summit, Harare, I was tremendously encouraged by the interview between Bishop T.D. Jakes and Bill Hybels. You might be encouraged too by what Bishop T.D. Jakes said: 

 We are distracted by titles - Pastor, Engineer, Accountant, etc, and we 
    tend to live according to those titles.
 Find the common denominator in all you do and utilise that.
 We need to be challenged daily
 Going into areas that best impact people
 You are no greater than the people around you
 Your dreams should be bigger than you
 Juggling issues, not holding onto one for too long, delegate to right people
 If overwhelmed, maybe there is a need to restructure
 Have the grace to let go of yesterday's vision

Word of Encouragement
 You are gifted with multiple talents. God wants to take them and                       increase them.
 God has given you more than your life shows. Be fruitful.
 You are more than the cheque you are being paid.
 You are more than the titles you have been given.

Remind yourself of this:
God has put a seed in you. He is challenging you. What are you going to do about that seed to make a difference in your life and other people's?

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Power Over The Enemy by John Osteen

I am reading this book on 'breaking free from spiritual strongholds', and here is a small brief:
"If you will trust in God, He'll fight your battles for you. It doesn't matter what you are going through, or how big your opponents are. Keep an attitude of faith. Stay calm. Stay at peace. Stay in a positive frame of mind. And don't try to do it all your own way. Let God do it His way. If you will simply obey His commands, He will change things in your favor."

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Must I really move

Moving is terrifying; especially if you have questions like 'where am I going, why am I going, why now, what will I do, will I not miss home and family?'
That is my spot right now!
Yet God is always faithful. He always finishes what He starts. And along the way He gives us His Word.
Like this word from an article by Pastor Emmanuel Makandiwa in today's newspaper:
"When God is inviting you to new levels and experiences, there is need for you to prepare yourself for the better life that God is inviting you to. If the presence of God has shifted to another place you have to pursue it. In the Bible Israel would move as the presence of God moves.
There was a cloud that when it moved they also had to move, their pace was dictated from above.

When the cloud moves, you move! Wherever you are, keep on checking if you still have the cloud of the presence of God upon your life, upon your career and upon your relationships. If it is no longer there, find out where it is and follow it!"