Thursday, January 28, 2016

Prayers to Overcome Satanic and Demonic Conspiracies

I loose confusion against every satanic and demonic conspiracy against my life.

Let the secret counsel of the wicked be turned into foolishness.

Let those gathered against me be scattered.

Send out Your lightning, O Lord, and scatter the enemy.

Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues (Ps 55:9).

No weapon formed against me shall prosper. The gates and plans of hell shall not prevail against me.

I overcome every strategy of hell against my life
Every strategy of hell is exposed and brought to light.

I receive the plans of God for my life, thoughts of peace and not evil to bring me to an expected end.

I am delivered from every satanic trap and plot against my life.

I release the whirlwind to scatter those who would conspire against me.

Let those who devise my hurt be turned back and brought to confusion.

Let the nets they have hid catch themselves, and into that very destruction let them fall.

I bind and rebuke every spirit of Sanballat and Tobiah in the name of Jesus (Neh. 6:1-6)

Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked (Ps 64:2).

Taken from: Prayers that Rout Demons & Break Curses by John Eckhardt

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Your Plans for 2016

We all enjoy making plans, especially at the beginning of the year. We find it exciting, especially if the previous year happened to be somewhat a flop! ‘Forget the past, start afresh and who knows, everything might just work out as we plan’, we tell ourselves.

As much as we plan for ourselves and our families; there are also those who include us in their plans. This is sometimes a good thing, if their intentions are good; or it could be a bad thing if their intentions toward us are for evil.

God plans good for us; and that is a wonderful story. He tells that in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I think toward you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
God thinks good thoughts towards us; every day, every hour and every minute of our lives. His thoughts are driven by love; love for us His dearly beloved children as He says in 1 John 4:19, ‘We love God, because He first loved us’.

It would be a perfect world, if we only had God to think good thoughts towards us. But, Oh no, we have the Devil, the adversary who thinks evil thoughts towards us, day in, day out, all year round.
1 Peter 5:8 reads, ‘Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour’. His plan for our lives is devour us!
How does he do that? By coming against every plan of our lives that God has already put in place. God wants us to lose weight so that we can be physically fit to go about preaching His Word. God wants us to study academically, professionally, or religiously, so that we will be better placed in the market place to influence decisions with our godliness.

God wants us to set up businesses that will impact our nation with good ethical principles and also provide employment for many of our young people who need to fend for their young families. He wants you to open your dressmaking shop so that our young girls will learn to dress modestly and with propriety. He wants you to write that book, so that those who read it will be encouraged to follow Christ. God wants us to launch Christian ministries that will edify believers and also draw others to a more meaningful way of life.

But the enemy rises up and destroys society and marriages with infidelity. He frustrates our dreams and gives us a lukewarm attitude towards the things that matter most to God. He riddles our companies with hypocrisy, greed and mismanagement and drives us to poverty, unemployment and disillusionment.

What are we to do about such an adversary? Pray - always, be on the alert - always, be sober minded – always. In other words, stay focused on your goal for life, not just on the plans for the new year, but on who you are in Christ and the purpose He is allowing you to survive all the tactics the devil has released upon you so far. The goal and the prize are the most important.
Philippians 3:7, 13-14, ‘But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ’. ‘One thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus’.

May this year be your best year, ever!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Time Is Special

Christmas is a very special time for a lot of people, for different reasons.
For me, it is a time that I get to spend with my mother. My sons are grown up men, and I get to see them almost every week. But my mum lives many miles away from the city, about four hours drive down into the rural villages. I try to visit her at least every second month-end, but can only stay with her for a day or two.

So the last two weeks of the year are very special for me and mum, because it is the longest period I get to stay with her in the village, without hurrying off to the city. One would ask, ‘why not bring her to the city to stay with us?’ She does come, once in a while, but with a lot of persuading. Being a village person, she finds our small city apartments very restricting and the road traffic congestions too stressful.

I grew up on a farm, and life on a farm is very different from that of the city. In the rural area there is lots of land to walk about; mountains, hills and trees are within a touching distance. The air is clean and during the rainy season, you can even hear the rush of the rivers! At night you can sit outside and watch the stars shine. Early in the morning you can hear the birds calling out to each other.

The beauty of creation as declared in Psalm 19:1-2, is best seen in the rural area.
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
    The skies display his craftsmanship.Day after day they continue to speak;    night after night they make him known.

The rural road to town is not a busy road, so one can watch and even count the number of vehicles that pass slowly up and down the road.

I guess I love the village life just as much as my mother does. I was born in the village, on a farm, and therefore my roots go deep down into the serenity of village life. The chimurenga (revolutionary) war disturbed the tranquillity for some years, but life has since gone back to normal. You have to have tasted the slow pace and tranquillity of rural life, to appreciate why my mother would never consider city life as an option. So, for the next two weeks, village life here I come! 

This year plan, however, almost did not work out. A spot audit at work was slotted on short notice for the last week of December. That found praying and fretting endlessly about how I was going to handle the disappointment of not being able to go where I wanted to go. One evening, as I continued with my fretting-praying, I heard God whisper to me saying, “The stone has been rolled away”. By who, and how, I wondered. I thought that maybe the audit had been postponed!

The following morning, I nervously took my leave form to my supervisor for authorization. The words, ‘the stone has been rolled away kept ringing in my mind. I expected her to turn me down. But she took the form and told me that though there was a spot audit coming up, it did not affect my territory. The stone had indeed been rolled away! How do you feel when God comes through for you in this manner? I was just full of praise.

But sometimes God does cancel or intercept our plans with His. A young lady in our bible study group was invited to South Africa for a wedding. She was so excited about her journey and took effort to plan for it. Two days before the wedding date, she set off for South Africa. But when she got to the border, she was denied entry. The reason was because, some years back, she had travelled to that country and overstayed her visit by a few days. She had to return home.

But God in His sovereignty had other plans for her. This young lady sings in our church choir and same weekend that she was to be a guest at the wedding party, was the same weekend she had been given the opportunity to sing a solo at the church choir Christmas presentation. The dates had crashed, and God had won! She came back home, came to church on Sunday, and sang her heart out like we had never heard before!

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for harm, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

What are your plans for Christmas? How about including some of these suggestions to your list?
Ø  Make time for God and worship.
The wise man left their business to seek out the King of kings.
“Where is the newborn King of the Jews? We have seen his star as it arose, and we have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:2

Ø  Make time for the disadvantaged and the shut-ins.
The elderly, the sick, the imprisoned, the bereaved, the widows and the orphans, need our compassion during such seasons.
‘Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for the orphans and widows in their troubles and refuse to let world make us uncaring’. James 1:27

Ø  Get in touch with your inner-self.
Life today is too rushed, it has so many demands, that one can hardly find the time for reflection. Take some time off this Christmas and let you inner person get re-connected with its Maker.
‘Draw near to God and He will draw near to you’. James 4:8

Miracles and breakthroughs are there waiting for us but we need to be at the appointed place for us to witness them. Mary and her ‘sisters’, walked to the Tomb where Jesus was laid, not knowing how they were going to move the huge rock sealing the entrance. But they went anyway, trusting in the Almighty Hand of God. When they got to the Tomb, the stone had been rolled away. Maybe your stone has also been rolled away this Christmas!

Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside. Mark 16:1-4

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Love Builds and Restores

When there is a crack in the wall of your house, do you quickly repair it or do you ignore it and pretend as if it will fix itself somehow?

1 Peter 5:10
In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 

Back in the Bible days there was a prominent man in society called Nehemiah. He was living in a foreign country. One day he learnt that things were not well in his native country. He decided to go back and see how he could help. Upon visiting the city, he discovered that the walls were in a dilapidated state. So, he went and recruited builders to help him rebuild the city wall; for he realized that the security of his people lay in the strength of the city wall.

Each man recruited was to work on his side of the wall, until the job was completed. All day long they worked, and all night long they guarded the work they were doing, because there were those who opposed the rebuilding of the wall. God gave Nehemiah and his men success, and fifty two days later, the wall of Jerusalem was rebuilt.

Nehemiah 6:16, ‘When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized that this work had been done with the help of our God’.

Love Builds. When we care deeply about a situation, we will be prepared to step out of our comfort zone like Nehemiah did, and provide a solution to the ‘crack in the wall’. Some relationships have been lost or abandoned beyond repair because no one was willing to work towards their restoration.

What is your reaction to the crack in one of your relationships? Do you walk away in disgust or hide out like a wounded puppy? Do you seek out the offender in love and forgiveness, to rebuild the relationship? The Accuser may be saying to you, ‘leave it alone, it was not your fault’; but God may be saying, ‘you have it in you to rebuild the relationship’. Who will you rather listen to?

One day I walked into our ladies restroom at work and discovered that because of an electrical fault, our water geyser was overheating. I had two choices; walk away and ignore the problem, since it was the responsibility of the janitor to pick up those maintenance problems. Or I could the report it to the Maintenance office and save the company from the possible cost of replacing the geyser altogether. I decided to report the matter.

I was not rewarded in any way; but that decision taught me a lot about being responsible for the ‘cracks’ in our part of the wall. We owe it to ourselves and those around us to restore broken lives, broken families and broken churches.

One of the ministries God has given to us as believers is to restore those amongst us, who have erred from the right path into the dark path of sin. We are to gently restore them
Galatians 6:1
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. (NLT)

We are all walking down the road to Jericho, (Luke 10:30-37), and should any amongst us meet with some misfortune, then it is the duty of those who are walking by, to stop and render assistance.
Jay E Adams in his book, ‘Ready to Restore’ has these words to say:
“Is Christian counseling the work of a highly specialized group of persons? Does it belong to pastors and elders of the church alone? What of the everyday man or woman-in-the-pew Christians; do they too have a ministry of counseling to which God has called them as laymen?
The answer is simple, yet profound. God calls every Christian to counsel some people, somewhere, at sometime, about something; (though) He does not call him to counsel every person, under every situation, at all times, about everything.”

When those around us are hurting, or in some need, we are God’s resource people for them. Let us embrace them with the love that says, “God sees your hurt, He hurts with you, and He cares”.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Love Hurts, Love Strengthens, Love Builds

I enjoy writing articles for my blog page:

The reason I write a blog page is because I believe that I can at least influence one person’s thinking towards a more positive and godly life. If more than one person is influenced; then all the more glory to God.
The way I write is by following a line of thought and praying that the Holy Spirit will help me to construct the article in a way that will give it a practical as well as a biblical relevance. 

I don’t plan on how to write the article, I simply follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and allow the story to unfold on its own.
I try not to make the article too complicated, lest I turn off the eager but impatient reader. People generally know what they ought to do; they just need a gentle push in the right direction. Each article has a voice of its own. All I do is take my pen and start writing and allow the Holy Spirit to tell the story.

So back to the title of this article: Love hurts, love strengthens and love builds. This sounds more like a climbing the stairs.

I have no idea where this is going! So I guess both you and I will find out soon enough.

Love Hurts
Love does hurt, especially if it is the ‘giving’ type of love. This is the type of love that hardly gets anything in return.
§  The love of a parent reaching out to a wayward daughter or son;
§  The love of a spouse reaching out to a husband who has withdrawn into himself because of setbacks in life;
§  The love of a daughter or son reaching out to a dad or mum who prefers to stay out of the picture;
§  The love of a teacher reaching out to a stubborn student who will not consider the consequences of their reckless behavior and lifestyle;
§  The love of a doctor reaching out to a patient who will not take the precautions to avoid a disease from progressing.
In any of these examples plus those of your own, love does hurt.

Love Strengthens
Love hurts, but love also strengthens you the giver. It hurts, but it also gives you the strength to go on, and to keep on loving.

For love is patient, love is kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT)

So if you find yourself sitting by the hospital bedside of a loved one who had abandoned the family many years ago but now needing family more than ever; know that you are right where God wants you to be. God is building you up so that what He has deposited in your person will be more evident for all to see. At the end of the day, it is God who must get the glory.

Sometimes we walk journeys of love, not for ourselves but in support of others. We sit by the side of a grieving colleague or friend. We journey with a sister going through divorce or abandonment. We cry with the orphaned child. We groan with those being denied justice.

We must hurt with them. As we hurt for them, we learn to care even more. And as God strengthens us, we also reach out and strengthen them.

Love Builds
Through all these trials, God is building a community. A community of believers who care for one another; families that are there for each other in times of crisis; friends that hold each other when one is hurting; believers who will pray for fellow believers who are going through pain, strife, injustice or hunger. Love is the brick that God uses to build His Church.

In ending, please find the link on Youtube and listen to this song:

You are My All in All

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are My All in All
Seeking you as a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I would be a fool
You are My All in All.

Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your Name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your Name

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising again, I’ll bless Your Name
You are My All in All
When I fall down you pick me up
When I am dry you fill my cup
You are My All in All.

Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your Name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your Name

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Your Heart Is Priceless

A lot of people today are dying from heart related diseases which can be easily prevented by taking great care of one’s diet. I for one, used to love oily and salty foods a lot. The salt shaker was my favorite item on the table. That salty taste plus a lot of anxieties eventually led me to be diagnosed of hypertension.  

My problems didn’t end there. I was also a great lover of sugary fizzy drinks. I drank the sugary stuff to dilute the salty thirst! I was soon diagnosed of diabetes. Finally, I woke up to the realization that I was doing a lot of damage to my kidneys, liver and heart. I had to stop the fats, salts and the sugars immediately.

This is the physical aspect of the heart. There is the spiritual aspect, which if heeded would also take care of the physical.

Proverbs 4:23
Above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. NIV

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. NLT

Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. NKJV

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. ESV

Keep vigilant watch over your heart, that’s where life starts. MSG

Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it. GWT

Above all else, guard your heart, watch over it, with all vigilance.
Ø  Because everything you do flows from your heart
Ø  Because your heart determines the course of your life
Ø  Because out of your heart springs the issues which will affect your life
Ø  Because out of your heart will flow the springs of your life
Ø  Because out of your heart is where your life starts (and most probably ends)
Ø  Because the source of your life flows from your heart

These are the amazing truths we discover by reading different Bible versions of such a seemingly insignificant passage of scripture.
Out of your heart… Guard it, keep it, and watch over it, daily, consistently, with all vigilance and diligence. Your life depends on it.

I remember when I was still a young girl and in a boarding school. As the new term began, my father would walk me to the bus stop which was about three kilometres from our home. When we got there he would hand over to me the suitcase which he would have carried for me. Then he would take out from his pocket the exact amount of school tuition fees and neatly tuck the small bundle of cash inside the shoes I was wearing. Then he would count several coins into my hand, exactly equivalent to the bus fare to school.

I was to guard very closely those two sets of cash; for the ticket to school which was in the palm of my hand and the one in my shoes which was to be handed over to the school office upon arrival. Losing or dropping any of those small fortunes would have resulted in no schooling for me; my father always made that very clear.

I loved school, and my grades were always high, and so I had no intention of becoming a school dropout. So I guarded my cash very closely. Every now and again I would squeeze my hand just to feel that the cash was still there and I would pull up my socks higher in case the school fee was climbing out of my shoe!

Today I am a grown up Christian woman, and God has entrusted me with something very special to Him and to me - my heart. It has always been there inside me, beating and pumping. But it was without Christ, without the Holy Spirit. It was full of fear of the unknown - what would happen to me if my father suddenly died and I had no school fees. It was full of mischief - what if I just buy myself some fancy stuff with that school fees and just pretend it fell out of my shoe. My heart was also full of resentment - why didn't my father just give me more?

My heart was full of envy when I Looked at what the other students had that I could not have. I was a bright student and studied hard because I wanted to be noticed. That way I could make up for what I didn't or couldn't have. I was poor, envious, unfriendly, resentful and too serious with basically everything. The only time you would see a hint of a smile on my face was when they were calling out my name for prize giving. And that smile would fade quickly since my parents could not afford the cost of coming to school functions.

But I made it. I didn't know Christ; He was not in my heart. But He knew me, saw all my struggles as I grew up and pursued my heart with love and tenderness. Not human love and tenderness; that failed me too. But as a colleague led me to the Bible and my eyes started to behold what I never knew existed, my heart was transformed, light and life came and I began the journey to life - true life, meaningful life.

I found purpose in life. My life began to flow, in a way that made sense and gave me joy. Certain elements in my life that were big issues of discontent started to evaporate. It was as if the Spirit's flow into my heart was cleaning out all the filth of the yesteryears. I began to breathe easily, laugh with joy, make friends, reach out in reconciliation to those who had hurt me, as well as those that I had hurt as I traveled the road of bitterness.

I now feed my heart daily with God's Word. I don't seem to get enough of Bible reading and Biblical courses. Gone is the gloominess from my heart; now I sing or sing-along Christian music all day long. Prayer comes easy. In difficult seasons I am filled with hope and peace because I know that God is with me. Gone now are the sleepless nights and the anxiety and depressive attacks.

I gave God my dark, sad and bloated heart. He took it, healed it, gave it life and gave it back to me to enjoy.

Jesus said, "Everyone who drinks this (earthly) water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never be thirsty again. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life". John 4:13-14

I am so thankful for my father who gave me what he could; the earthly water. He gave me a good start in life. Other helps have also come alongside me over the years. But this water, though good for me, was not enough. I also needed the living water that only Christ could give. Now I am overflowing.

Maybe this devotional has touched a raw nerve in your heart. Christ is ready and waiting to give you the eternal water that will quench all your thirst. Be blessed.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Lord I Have Come; Make Me Whole

18 You have not come to a physical mountain, to a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom, and whirlwind, as the Israelites did at Mount Sinai. 
22 No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. 23 You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect. 24 You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel. (Hebrews 12 NLT)

Lord, I thank you that today I can come to you, just as I am. To you the Great Shepherd who has sought me and found me. I come Lord, to you my Master, my Savior, my Lord. I come my Father; touch me and make me whole. Amen.