Where Are The Nine? Cultivate A Grateful Heart !

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At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. (Ephesians 5:20)

Luke 17:11-18 Though the world sees and soon forgets, We will not forget who You are and what You have done for us. Relatively few people who receive the goodness of the Lord return to give Him thanks for what He has done. That does not keep the Lord from doing what is right for us. He healed all ten of these lepers according to their request – not just the one who was thankful. However, there was only one out of the ten that was made “whole.

He was also desiring to meet their spiritual needs, but only one out of the ten came back for that.

Paul encouraged the church in Ephesus to cultivate a grateful heart in all things. Always Give thanks to God; constantly, at all time,in every situation including our trials. God does not allow us any exceptions. The word does not say “Often giving thanks in most things”
 Acts 16:25, Philippians 1:3-4, Psalm 57:7, Romans 8:28

(Romans 5:3-5) God using trials to produce perseverance, character and hope.

Being unthankful is always a sign of pride in our hearts, exalting ourselves above God. A selfless person can be content with very little. A self-centered person cannot be satisfied.

Thankfulness is a sign of humility.

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Cultivate in you a grateful heart!

RIP OPEN THE HEAVENS | Invade earth,we are ready for encounters with You!

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BURST from the heavens and come down. Would you RIP OPEN the heavens and descend, make the mountain tremble at Your presence.

I want to see the rivers of God in the city of Francistown. Jesus come and cool Your city down with Your rivers. Splash the streets of Francistown with JOY. You are the God of this City, Of this church!

Heaven invade this earth..!!! We are ready for encounters with You.

What happens when Jesus is in our assembly?A lot of scriptures tries to explain how God appears to his people, how it feels like when He is around His people. It is a special thing to be encountered by God. I want to see Him march among us and just minister to us.

Isaiah 64, His presence makes the mountains tremble, it consumes everything in our world, it shakes off all that is not His.

In Exodus 19 we see God getting His people ready for Himself, consecrating them and washing their garments just so He can come down to minister to them. God want to meet with us. We ought to also desire to meet with Him. We are privileged people to be so close to God.

SIMPLY WORSHIP Him because he deserves it all.

I am getting ready for an event this weekend. Open Heavens, Worship weekend. It’s a simply a time set apart just to worship God, nothing else. That just excites me. Even though we have a song list I am just expecting Him to invade us and cause our hearts to simply worship, beyond our song list.

The theme is One thirst, Psalm 42:1-2. It’s going to be a wonderful time of lifting our thirsty hearts to Jesus, knowing that only he alone can satisfy us. THIRST UP, We are talking God cravings:):)

                                                  Rain!!

                                                 We are asking for rain

                                                 A Holy Spirit

Psalm 46:4-6 ;There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her right early [at the dawn of the morning].The nations raged, the kingdoms tottered and were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

God’s highest desire is that every one of His believing children should so love and so adore Him and that we are continually in His presence. A.W TOZER

Looking forward to an amazing weekend with Him:)

Illegitimate children and TRUE SONS. The Father disciplines His own.

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I required Him to discipline me but He didn’t . I wanted to hear his voice of concern over the decisions that I make in life but He kept silent.

I don’t know how many of you have ever yearned for your father’s attention as much as I did. I remember I used to do anything and everything irritating to get his attention. I needed my father to correct me. I wanted him to show me that he loved me.

Every time He withheld discipline from me, I felt like He didn’t care. It made me feel like I am not His. Even though I was not really carrying his blood I needed him to take that place in my life. A place of a father. I wanted to feel like a daughter in his house.

Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? 

The word of God encourages us to endure discipline, knowing that God discipline those He loves. I do not want my heart to refuse His correction. A teachable heart yields to correction and discipline. Discipline is linked to submission and authority. God is our Father, we need to learn to submit to Him.

Hebrews 12:7-11 This scripture talks about how God’s discipline proves His love. God’s discipline is for our good, though it’s painful it brings peaceful harvest of right living.

What a joy it is to be disciplined corrected by God. His heart’s desire is that his children know the truth and walk. The father knows best and He wants best for His children.

I am reminded of a story of how moulds us, as a potter.

Jeremiah 18 :1-12 We can trust the hands of the Father as a potter. I recently went through the process of moulding just to see what this actually includes in the natural. There are different kinds of clay and various qualities. God knows how we ought to come out, we just need to trust His best.

When you are moulding you first have to mix , blend clay forcing air out. I don’t think that is such a pleasant thing but it turns us beautiful in Him.

Job 5: 17-18 What a joy it is to be corrected by God. He wounds to bandage. He strikes and he also heals. Our father is so gentle with us.

I don’t want to resist the Holy Spirit. I want the Father of my spirit to teach me my soul.

Discipline produces wisdom. Proverbs 29:15

 

If you do not k…

If you do not know the presence of God in your office, your home, then God is not in the church when you attend.

If you cannot worship God in the midst of your responsibility on Monday, it it very likely that you were worshipping on Sunday.

If you worship on Sunday, What happens on Monday?

 

 

I still want to keep my facebook friends .., But please check this out.

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This is really good, take some time to go over it.

Some few questions to ask yourself before posting to social media:):):) Pause and think why you are updating that statues.

1. Am I seeking approval?
If you’ve taken an introductory psychology class, you’ve probably heard of B.F. Skinner and operant conditioning. Skinner suggested that we learn behaviour through reinforcement.
When we view social media from a lens of discontentment, whatever we find will be colored with bitterness and ungratefulness.
When I seek validation through something I post and that little red flag starts popping up to notify me of each person giving me attention, it’s an addictive reward. And it works. I feel better, so I keep coming back for more. The next time I need to feel approval, I’ll return to the source that poured it out last time, and the cycle of reinforcement continues.
What are the bigger needs asking to be met here? Maybe it’s a desire for community. Perhaps it stems from unresolved conflict with someone I love. Or maybe I just thrive on pleasing people and hearing their praise. If your interaction with the internet is driven by a need for approval, consider healthier ways to address this issue and choose to stop reinforcing the unhealthy ones.

2. Am I boasting?
There’s sharing excitement and then there’s bragging. Truthfully, we each know which camp we fall in.
When the Apostle Paul described what it meant to love others, he specifically mentioned that love does not boast. That post isn’t “just a picture” or “just a tweet,” it’s an opportunity to love others in a way that reflects Jesus. Or it’s an opportunity to show them something quite different, something that looks nothing like Christ.
Examine your motivations and walk away before using social media as the adult version of show-and-tell.

3. Am I discontent?
Are you looking for something “better”? If so, walk away. Nothing you will read, write or see is going to solve this one.
Instead, ask yourself why you are discontent and address those needs. When we view social media from a lens of discontentment, whatever we find will be colored with bitterness and ungratefulness. Their lives will begin to look brighter than ours, while our lives will take on a sense of lacking.
Let us not forget—their world is as ordinary as ours and our life is as exciting as theirs. Do you believe that in your core? If not, take a break. Deactivate your account for a couple months. Create space to re -evaluate and look for answers in the places you’ll actually find them. Stop asking the virtual world to solve dissatisfaction with the physical one.

4. Is this a moment to protect?
When my son crawls into my lap, he doesn’t want me to take his picture and shoot it across Facebook. He doesn’t care who else thinks I have a cute kid. He just wants me to hold him and see him. To feel his soft, chunky arms and to focus on the way his eyelashes move when he blinks.
When we interrupt lunch with a friend in order to quote her on Twitter, we invite hundreds of people into a conversation that could have been sacred; and we miss the sweet memories that may have formed had her words remained simply between the two of us.
Not every great moment needs to be shared. In fact, some of the best times are most enjoyed privately. If we suspend the present in an attempt to capture its beauty in 140 characters or less, we sacrifice our experience of the moment itself. We also rob each other of something that has been lost in our digital age—keeping a handful of memories between us and those we are closest to, or even just between us and God.

5. Is it kind?
Let’s return to Paul and his call to love. “Love is patient. Love is kind.”
Our culture tells us it’s our right to comment on everything, regardless of whether it was addressed to us and without consideration for how it might affect others.
We have been given covered space from which to throw grenades, without requiring us to take responsibility for the weight of our words.
We’ve replaced face-to-face confrontation with sharp comments and mocking memes. We write demeaning tweets addressed to celebrities or openly criticize individuals we have never met, hiding behind the convenience that they cannot directly defend themselves and nobody is putting our personal lives on display for public criticism.
We have been given covered space from which to throw grenades, without requiring us to take responsibility for the weight of our words, their effect on other people and their reflection on the Church. Jesus said the world would recognize us by our love. What messages are we sending?
A Better Way
Social Media seems to be built around the idea that it can infiltrate nearly every part of our lives. And if we let it, that’s exactly what will happen. We are the ones who say when its reach becomes unhealthy.

Wow!

This entry was posted on April 30, 2014. 1 Comment

WHISPERING OUTSIDE OF OUR CAVES | pleasant burial

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Have you ever come across scriptures that kept on repeating these words to you;

Do not fear, do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, do not be dismayed. By the look of things we are not given much room of options here. It is not a request but a command, we ought not to be afraid as the word puts it. God help us because this is just so out of our nature.

How do I act so out of my usual, ordinary nature and not fear as God commands me to? I remember when God approached Abram before He blessed him, His first words to him were ,DO NOT BE AFRAID,Abram for I will protect you and your reward will be great. It’s like the bible is full of reasons why we ought not to fear. The God of the universe is with us through every situation.

As I post this I am listening to a song by Amanda Cook called, You Make Me Brave. His presence is amazingly tangible right now. I am trusting that a bit of this will just overflow into your life as you read this. Here is a bit of what this song says;

 No fear can hinder the promises You make

No fear can hinder the love that made a way

As Your love in wave after wave crashes over me, You make me brave

For You are for us, You are not against us

Champion of Heaven

These are beautiful, life filled words. The champion of heaven is for us and he loves us. No fear can hinder the love that made a way for us friends.

I love the movie, The Croods. Yes, I love animation movies :):):). I don’t know how many times I have watched this movie now. Yes, I’m the kind that repeats movies and memorizes every word,just.

In this movie we meet an interesting family that lives in fear, in fact the father of this house tells his household to never not fear. He is busy building fear in the hearts of his home because of His experiences. Eep did not agree with this cave behavior of living in fear. She wanted out. Eep met with Guy, who was chasing after tomorrow. A brave and courageous dude who was living out of his cave.

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This movie reminds me of prophet Elijah in the bible, who was sent running for his life by Jezebel.

1 Kings 19

Elijah, the  great prophet of God runs into the wilderness over Jezebel’s threats. PICTURE THAT. I think at this moment he is having troubles discerning the presence of God. He is doubting him. When he got to the wilderness he requested to die, he had had it.

I don’t know if you have come to that point, where you want to take your own life because of an overwhelming situation you are going through. But in this story God sends an angel to strengthen Elijah and just minister to Him. If you are at this point of panic in your life, I pray that God will send His angles to come and minister to you.

Elijah then went to Herob,……only so he can hide in a cave. What a pleasant place. At this point I am confused at what this great man of God is doing.

Cave Christians, the first reaction we have when faced with threatening situation, is to go hide ourselves from God and his people. Fear sends us to our caves.

God came to Elijah and asked him a question that I thought was a bit weird, He asked him what he was doing in the cave. I mean he is God , He knows what just happened, he knows why Elijah was in hiding. God then told Him to come out of the cave, He wanted to talk to Elijah. Why do we bury ourselves in our caves when God is whispering words of life outside our caves? If we could only step out, boldly trusting that He is standing right next to us. He is with us through everything.

A great wind tore apart the mountain before Elijah’s very eyes, and shattered the rocks. Then came an earthquake, followed by fire. The word says after the fire there was gentle whisper of God. The great prophet had to hear the whisper of God to get out his cave. A lot of us when times are tough, we hope that God will come in some dramatic way to rescue us out of our horror. We expect him to come with great fiery performance and we miss Him. God is comes in a sound of ‘sheer silence’ when fear is making noise around us.

I am trusting that God will break us out of our caves and just pour his love upon us. That is how he delivers us from fear. Freedom from the chains of fear God. Teach us to stand in your love when everything around us is shaking. You are our solid rock. 2 Timothy 1:7, For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.

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There was such a time in my life when I was going through a threatening situation, I was so shaken and afraid. I panicked.

It was after I wrote my exams and my results did not qualify me for a government sponsorship. My mother couldn’t afford to sponsor me for my studies. I remember going to church and the whole service my eyes were swollen and red from crying to God. One of the elders in the church pulled me aside and prayed with me , then he told me to go home and close the door behind me and speak to God. I went home and did exactly what he told me to do. At this point I am still crying.When I was sitting there with God he led me to a scripture so common, Jeremiah 29:11. As I read it something in me broke. God just ministered this scripture to me in a way I have never experienced. I sobbed. God  in that moment reminded me that He is in control and that He is good. His presence in my room was just so amazing, his peace calmed me down. My soul was so rested in Him. God cares for us. While to cut the story short I was sponsored to go study in the most strange way ever(story for another time). God provides friends.

We all have caves, pleasant burial. Those moments when fear just gets hold of us, stopping us from living the life that God purposed for us.

God’s purpose for your life supersedes your safe refuge.(Peter James) This for me just means God will move us out of our caves, a place of fear into a place of complete confidence. AND THEN WE CAN LIVE IN WHAT HE PURPOSED FOR US.

God is still whispering out of our caves today, step out and hear his words of life.

He doesn’t want us to live in fear.