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Ark of the Covenant – Moving With God’s Presence

The main reason God created us is to dwell among us and have fellowship with us. He used the ark to bring great assurance to His people, Israel, that His presence was among them regardless of their sinful ways. How does the ark of the covenant translate to us today? How does the ark of the covenant transition to the promise for the new covenant believer that the Lord is in our midst, despite our sinful ways?

This book, Ark of the Covenant – Moving With God’s Presence attempts to demonstrate just like God accompanied Israel in their wandering in the wilderness as well as in their return from exile, so, too He is with us in all our life’s situations.

Ark of the Covenant – Moving With God’s Presence is designed with both the Christian and not-yet-saved in mind. It shows in a straightforward way how God’s presence is a two-way operation; it can work both ways – for and against – depending on which side one is on.

The ark, just as it was an emblem of God’s presence before, the cross is an emblem of God’s grace. What role does it play in your life?

Regardless of what we see or experience, God has not forgotten the human race.

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When Life Get’s Rough, Remember_____ (Part 2)

Dear friend,

I trust that you got some encouragement from my last letter. I’m privileged to write to you again today. One puzzling thing I have observed in life is that it’s always darkest just before dawn. No wonder the Psalmist said, “Weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:35). Usually, when we have no hope and there’s no way out – it is dark and weeping is only natural.

However, God says, “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.” (2 Kings 20:5)

This is a continuation of my previous letter:

8. Your approach can improve or degrade your situation: Regardless of how grim your circumstances are, don’t forget that you can always worsen them. A positive life with a negative attitude is impractical. Your conduct, actions, and opportunities are greatly limited when you let negativity turn the wheels of your judgment. Your thoughts are powerful. Negative thinking produces negative results and the opposite is true. (See Luke 6:45)

9. Your worry about other people’s negativity won’t help you: Let’s face it, people around you will always have opinions or carry out actions, which are usually based solely on how they view themselves. That’s their problem – not yours and if you worry about that it will weigh you down. (See Proverbs 12:25)

10. Your strength to rise above this lies in Christ: Sometimes our wounds can feel so deep, and if we let them, they can transform us into who we aren’t. See them as temporary and believe that through Christ, you can rise up again. (See Philippians 4:13)

11. Your struggles are the scenery: View what you are going through as the terrain. Not all scenery is so breathtaking, but soon you’ll be able to say, “Yeah, I’ve been there – seen that.” Remember that you’re not alone; your journey is under the Lord’s eye. (See Judges 18:6)

12. Your failures are your teaching moments to step forward: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work,” said the man who invented the light bulb. Thomas Edison took his 10,000 failures (talk about resilience!) to learn what he needed to learn. The issue here is not that you failed rather what you can you learn in order to make progress. That’s crucial. (See 1 Corinthians 10:13)

When life gets tough it hands you the opportunity to build invaluable strength. Although it may not be easy… “That is why we never give up… our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! – 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 NLT

Be encouraged, my friend.

In Christ’s service,
Dee

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*Dee Kyalo is the author of Crushing Invisible Barriers . Check out the book’s cool reviews and ‘like’ us on Facebook!

When Life Get’s Rough, Remember_____ (Part 1)

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One of my loving sisters sent me the above picture and for some reason it got me thinking about friends. I have to consciously remind myself that even though I deeply miss a departed friend, I must be thankful for the remaining ones – for I could have less.

While pondering on that I realized that despite the excitement that accompanies the new year, not everyone started it with shouts of joy and anticipation for great things to come. Some people have had a very rough start and I would like to extend some kind of encouragement in the following letter:

Dear friend,

It’s a blessing for me write to you. I’m aware that the road you’re traveling is not an easy one. Sometimes it feels as though you’re probably going the wrong way – again. Secretly, you hope that this will quickly be over and you’ll find yourself to your eventual pathway to contentment and success.

Beloved, in your darkest moments, every disappointment is only a necessary step toward your triumph. Every unearthing of what is off beam directs you toward discovering the balance. Whenever you discover what is not right, you gain a mental discernment of what is right. Be encouraged because each of your arduous trial today wears out some tempting type of future mistake, and each adversity will only conceal itself for a limited time. This rough trail has an end!

I want to share with you some few things to remember as you journey through your rough spots. Here they are:

1. Your picture of “what should be”: “What is” is in conflict with “what should be” in your life, causing you discomfort. there is a suffering that is associated with our resistance to how things are. when God wasn’t pleased with the way things were on earth, He sent His only Son to suffer so that “what is” could be changed to “what should be” (See John 3:16). While you may not be able to control everything that occurs to you; you can control your response to these occurrences. In your response lies your power.

2. Your current location is a needed step: Consider that where you are at the moment is precisely where you need to be to discover and appreciate where you want to go tomorrow. So please don’t avoid experiencing some vital principles because you have developed a belief, based on your ideals, that it is not where you should be or desire to be. (See Exodus 13:17-18).

3. Your opportunity to reevaluate things: Most of us are not always good with understanding that not getting what we want can be a blessing. Sometimes we need a nudge (more like a shove) in the spirit and this push causes us to re-examine things. Having another look at things may lead to new open doors or important details/information you would’ve otherwise overlooked. (See Ephesians 1:18)

4. Your hope for change: Whether or not we think about change, life guarantees that it will happen – we can’t avoid it. Although God Himself never changes, He does change us. His plan for your life is to give you hope, a future, and prosperity. Trusting God and allowing Him to change and grow us into becoming more Christ-like (in our responses and actions), then we are assured that all things will change. Regardless of how bad your situation is right now, it will change! (See Romans 8:28)

5. Your specifics for your forward-movement intentions: Since you have an image of “what should be”, work on easing your frustration by replacing the image with something real. Take specific steps. (See James 2:17)

6. Your freedom, your responsibility: The only situations we can effect positive change towards are the ones we take responsibility for. Whenever we blame others for what we’re experiencing, we deny responsibility, consequently denying freedom. (See Romans 14:12)

7. Your anger, your venom: One of my beloved Pastors (Dayo Olutayo) taught me an interesting principle that I adopted (after a long struggle) – “Before they offended me, I forgave them”. Yes, even if they never actually come to ask for your forgiveness. You’re not doing it for them, but for you. If you don’t, anger will defile you – and others around you. (See Hebrews 12:15)

I have to go now but think on those few points, my friend.

Until next time,
Dee

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*Dee Kyalo is the author of Crushing Invisible Barriers . Check out the book’s cool reviews and ‘like’ us on Facebook!

When You’re Under Spiritual Attack (Part 1)

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Are spiritual attacks real or imaginary? I’ll answer that with a question: Is air actual or make-believe? There are things we may never touch, but the effects of the same are undeniable. I have experienced spiritual attacks and while I don’t look forward to any more, it’s not certain they won’t happen again, but should I face this another time then I’m better equipped at identifying and overcoming.

A Christian’s life is one of battles. When you become a follower of Christ, you essentially enlist in the Lord’s Army. You don’t go out looking for war, instead it just finds you. Although this happens, you can expect victory all the time.

Recently, my sister sent me a message on spiritual attacks – she was not aware that I had experienced this for a while. What is funny is that the same morning I received her text, God had just pulled me out of what I’ll call “a major despondency phase” that had been going on for a long time.

One part of the attacks I faced began after the burial of my dearest friend – a young mother who died of breast cancer in April of 2014. On several occasions she would appear to me singing or saying things – incidentally, not evil things, but the normal stuff about her life and family. (Here, I just want to tell you that if you ever see the dead appear to you, as a Christian, your responsibility is to rebuke that demon, which has taken on a familiar form.) After this, I began noticing a change in my spiritual demeanor.

The scary thing about what I was going through was that at this point in my life as a Believer, I was expected to deal with it. The longer you have been walking with the Lord, the better you’re expected to handle and overcome attacks – right? After all ‘if God brings you to it, He’ll bring you through it’ and ‘God cannot give you more than you can handle’. (By the way, have you ever tried those clichés on someone going through major stuff? Yeah, they don’t work!)

While spiritual attacks are intended by the enemy to weaken and destroy, on the contrary, these same attacks are used by God to fortify the spiritual lives of those who keep looking up to Him. They become spiritually fit and seasoned for battle. It should therefore be no surprise that such are those who triumph over the enemy, increased tempo and intensity of spiritual attacks notwithstanding.

Recognizing Spiritual Attacks

Attacks in your spiritual life can occur when you experience a traumatic event or a major victory in your life i.e. at your weakest moment or when you least expect it. Spiritual attacks do not mean that God does not care for or that He has forsaken you; He is merely revealing the enemy and trying to catch your attention.

We shouldn’t be so naive as to expect the attacks to always be very conspicuous. Sometimes they are so faint, or have been happening for an extended period of time, that the person is oblivious that they’re even attacks.

Anyway, how do you know that you’re under a spiritual attack?

1. Struggling with overwhelming feelings of helplessness or discouragement

Feelings of hopelessness, feelings of despair, feelings of despondency, feelings of depression… When you rely on feelings, you’re bound to be tossed hither and tither. Feelings cannot be trusted – and especially when they are in opposition to the Word of God. If His Word says, “we are more than conquerors through him” (Romans 8:37) then we are, regardless of feelings.

2. Struggling with worries, doubts, and fears daily

Feelings will almost always give birth to worries doubts and fears. It’s important to know the state of your heart and mind – what’s your focal point in those attacks? An everyday fear, worry, or doubt needs regular treatment of God’s word such as 2 Timothy 1:7, Philippians 4:4-8, and Matthew 21:21 for meditation and memorization.

3. Struggling with regular prayer

When fervency and regularity in prayer is lacking where it was present before, that can be a sign that you’re under attack. the enemy would love to hinder you from praying with power and consistency so that his evil work of stealing, killing and destroying can continue. We must never forget that our effectual fervent prayers will always avail much (James 5:16) – even when we don’t ‘feel’ it.

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*Dee Kyalo is the author of Crushing Invisible Barriers. Check out the book’s cool reviews and ‘like’ us on Facebook!

Stuck and Lost (but hopeful)

Pits are not permanent places

Pits are not permanent places

Joseph found himself in an unbelievable situation. Due to no fault of his own, he was thrown in a pit by his brothers, and as if to celebrate their evil deed, then they sat down to eat a meal! Genesis 37:23-25

Anyway, this one man was thrown into a pit by several of his loved ones – that was bad enough, but looking at his life, you know that he realized something liberating – pits are not permanent places. Talking about pits, another thing that people experience is this – one person throwing several of his loved ones in a pit. Oft times it occurs where you’re so trusting and least expect any problem.

Most individuals who succeed in throwing a group into the pit usually possess some charisma and you’d hardly suspect that they’re up to any mischief. They’re usually very smart and loved by almost everyone who knows them. And when they do something drastic, their beloved are left stuck, lost and in disbelief.

A family discovers that their husband and father has been living a secret life. According to his son, this man was a “perfect father” and his wife described her husband as “a good man, a great father. He would never hurt anyone.” Yet here is one tale of a church-going, scout-leading, family man who fell so low and become a serial killer, murdering ten people in Sedgwick County (in and around Wichita, Kansas), between 1974 and 1991.

His wife had been envied by women at her church for the way her husband doted on her, helping with her coat and always opening the car door. The possibility that her husband of 34 years might be BTK has left her “in quite a lot of shock,” said someone who had been a friend of hers since elementary school. (From Time Magazine, March 14, 2005, by Jeff Chu)

Whether it’s the discovery of spousal infidelity or some other kind of perfidy by a loved one, stories of lies, deception and deceit are not new in our day. When you’re thrown into a pit by someone else’s sin, yes, you will feel let down, and even ask God, why has all this happened to us?!

Beloved of God, you will not stay in that pit indefinitely. Every trouble has an expiry date. Have faith in God and keep looking up. You can, like Joseph, choose to forgive.

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.Genesis 50:19-21

In this modern example, we see a husband’s forgiveness toward his wife who returns home pregnant with another man’s baby, after years of being a prostitute on the streets.

When you're thrown into a pit by someone else's sin, yes, you will feel let down...keep looking up. When you do, you will definitely see the light and receive new hope.

When you’re thrown into a pit by someone else’s sin, yes, you will feel let down…keep looking up. When you do, you will definitely see the light and receive new hope.


Do you have a loved one that has run down the family business or depleted your resources, maybe trying to feed their drug or sex addiction? Although it might not be easy, forgiveness is the only sure start to getting out of the pit they’ve thrown you in. Forgiving them means that you have not given up hope. It means that you’re positioning yourself to not miss God’s grace. It means that you have refused to be defiled by bitterness.

15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.Hebrews 12:15

Sometimes the enemy decides to use one person to embarrass, kill, steal from and destroy a family. As believers, we have to recognize this. We must identify who the enemy is and refuse to give him a foothold. Forgiving the person through which trouble has come is denying the enemy a grip.

Finally, I want to leave you with this wonderful word of encouragement from Romans 8:28,

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

Shalom!

BAM! Door Slammed!

slamming-doorHave you ever had a door slammed in your face? BAM! And as you stare in disbelief, you’re thinking… “No, that did not just happen!” But then you realize yes it did and you’re astounded. How do you react? Do you get angry or resentful?

I read the story of a woman who happened to come home from church later than usual one winter night. This infuriated her husband and he stated: “I am master of this house, and I am not going to have you coming home at so late an hour as this!” He forced her out the back door, then closed and locked it.

Out in the cold? How dare he?! I know, that’s what I thought too.

Sometimes doors are slammed, others are closed while still yet others are shut right before us. Probably you were up for a promotion at your place of work. In fact, maybe you were the interim person in that position (assuming all the duties of course) and they had even promised it to you. It was just a matter of time and it would become official. Then to your dismay, a new hire was brought in – and you were required to train them! BAM! Door slammed! Maybe you were engaged. The wedding had been planned and invitations sent out. Everything was set, then your fiancée changed their mind! BAM! Door Slammed! This can be very irritating – and especially if you have no doubt that you’ve done the needful in that particular situation.

We go through different door-slamming, door-shutting, and door-closing experiences. You probably have dreamed of open doors only to experience them slam, shut, close and even locked before you – one after the other. I don’t know what your experience is but I’d like to encourage you today.
Now, this woman who had been forced out on that winter night was a woman of faith. She had quietly responded to her husband’s infuriating action thus: “I know that you are my husband, but Christ is my Master.” She put her faith where it was supposed to be – in Christ. Then she walked around the house and when she came to the front she discovered that her husband had forgotten to lock the front door! So she simply came in through the main entrance, laughing.

Might it be that you’re standing at the wrong door? Did you happen to knock at the back door?

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If you’re at the wrong door, you will not get the desired results

Maybe you were supposed to come through the front door, rejoicing. The Bible says, “…Knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7b, Luke 11:9b). Just make sure it is the right door – and you’re wearing the right attitude. Hard as it may be just rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 4:4) We are told to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). With faith in God and the right attitude, before you know it, another door will be open.

What makes this lady’s story more interesting is that when the husband finally saw what he had done, he caught her laughter and realized how silly he had been. Together they laughed about the matter, but to him it was also a revelation of how cold he had grown in the things of God. Shortly afterward, he spent ten days praying and fasting in repentance, and God gloriously restored him. The couple was Smith and Polly Wigglesworth. [1]

In life, when a door shuts on us it’s easy to panic and give up or we might sit there looking at the closed door for longer than it is necessary that we fail to see the opened one. Had Polly sat there in the cold staring at the shut back door she would have probably frozen to death that severe winter of 1884. Has a door been shut before you? Take a walk around the building you might discover something.

Sometimes when a door is slammed against you it could be because God is protecting you from a situation or He is setting you up for a blessing that you’ve never imagined or He is positioning you as a destiny helper to someone you don’t even know yet.

closed-doorsThink about Joseph for a moment. His story which can be found in Genesis 37-50 should help us see things a little differently. Joseph’s sold-into-slavery-shut-door experience was God’s way of preserving a nation. When famine struck, the only place Israel could get food was from Egypt; and the only person to help them out was Joseph! Suppose he had tried returning to Israel – a whole nation would have perished. When Potiphar’s wife accused him of rape, that was his palace-to-prison-slammed-door experience and this, God used to promote him. What’s your slammed door story? Forcing it open might be detrimental to your well being. Rejoice and again I say rejoice because God is up to something!

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[1] http://www.godsgenerals.com/person_s_wigglesworth.htm

Why Has All This Happened To Us?

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Here’s a question you may have asked yourself before:

“If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?”

Some problems come with such a severity that one finds themselves asking such a question.

A while back, my family was facing a difficulty and one of my sisters had reached a point of despair. She was crying. “Have we been saved only to be shamed?” She asked. We needed relief fast but things only seemed to be getting worse rapidly.

I thought to myself: Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that is the key to our queries but hidden from our view. It’s as if there is an invisible barrier between what we can see and what we can’t. This took me back to the book of Judges. It was a terrible time for the Israelites and the situation kept getting worse. So here was Gideon beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites, who whenever they came around, stole everything they could carry, and destroyed everything else. People lived in fear; they didn’t know what would happen next but they were sure it would be bad – yet they couldn’t see the real issue. There was the ‘Google Map’ but what was really behind this difficulty?

Behind the Trouble

The answer to that question is spelled out clearly in Judges 2:10-12 The people forgot and forsook God. Wait, there’s more… in His anger against Israel the Lord handed them over to raiders who plundered them. He sold them to their surrounding enemies, whom they could no longer withstand… They were in terrible distress. Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these plunderers. Yet they would not listen to their judges but whored after other gods and bowed down to them. (Judges 2:14-17)

Saint of God, perhaps you know from personal experience how it feels to have the forces of wickedness unleashed against you. You develop ‘survival tactics’ because you just want make it through another day. In Judges chapter 6, Gideon was doing exactly that. He was beating wheat in a winepress because if he did it in the right place the raiders would find him and take it all. He was just trying to survive. When the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said that God was with him – Gideon just couldn’t believe it. Things were so bad that he couldn’t see God anywhere.

13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” – Judges 6:13

God’s answer to Gideon’s complaint of how the enemy was wrecking their lives was simple; “…pull down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the Asherah that is besides it and build an altar to the Lord your God…” (Judges 6:25-26)

Still peering behind the ‘Google Map’, what this means is that sometimes trouble pursues and overtakes us because of strange and ungodly altars in our lives. Some altars maybe our own doing while others may have been erected by our parents as in the case of Gideon.

Tearing Down Your Father’s Altars

It suddenly dawned on me that when there is sin in the camp, unfortunately, everyone is affected – the saved and unsaved alike. It is the responsibility of those who love God, those who take Him seriously to ensure that God’s will prevails. Remember, in Joshua chapter 7, when Achan took some of the devoted things (from the fallen Jericho), the anger of the Lord burned against the people of Israel. Verse 1 says that the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things. They went to war and were defeated by their enemy. It was only after they had destroyed those things that they overcame their enemies. Going against God weakens a people and they become an easy target for the enemy.

When we begin to take God seriously He assures us of peace with Him, but we have work to do. Our first task is not to take on the external foe, but to deal with the enemy within.

Break free from ungodly altars

Break free from ungodly altars

Gideon had to deal with anti-God evils right in his own home and family. His family had an altar to Baal, a pagan god of prosperity, and a pole for Asherah, a goddess of sex. Whoa! Isn’t it amazing how blind we can be to our own sins? How can we stand with lifted arms and tears in our eyes asking God why such bad things are happening to us, when right in our own homes the worship of God is mixed with idol worship and sexual perversion?! Until we have dealt with such wickedness in our own households, the enemy will continue to have a field day in our lives.

Things were going terribly wrong in our family, sin seemed rampant and God seemed several million miles away. People were desperate, emotions were running high and then like a scene from the book of Judges, God spoke, revealing the key to our queries. Like Gideon, we had take tear down our father’s altars and then build the proper kind of altar to the Lord. We couldn’t expect power from God to defeat enemies on the outside if we didn’t face the enemy within.

When you see sinful or demonic or ungodly things happening repeatedly in your life or family, it is more than likely that there’s an altar to the enemy present. You know what things plague you and if you’re tired of them, stop hiding in the winepress – come out and deal with them! Take time to break free from past patterns and practices of your family and community in order to be in tune with God. Break free from bowing down to idols (anything that has taken the place of God in your life)! Break free from spirits other than the Holy Spirit of God! If you’re afraid to be seen by unsaved friends and family members breaking those ungodly altars, then like Gideon, do so during the night. After all the Bible says that a man sowed his wheat and while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away (Matthew 13:25); but this time, you will be awake and ready when he comes. You will do well to arrest him in his tracks! He will not have a chance to sow discord in your life anymore!

We know that after Gideon obeyed God, in Judges chapter 7, God used him to bring victory to Israel – defeating the very Midianites that had earlier impoverished Israel. You may be the person that God wants to use to bring deliverance to your household. The enemy might have unleashed terror on your family but be encouraged in the Lord; keep looking up, for He has not abandoned you. The trouble you see today has an expiry date and no enemy is more powerful than the almighty God. God has not saved you to shame you for anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame (Romans 10:11). Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld.

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Don’t Settle For Little! (Part1)

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A while ago I was asked write an article for the suspense/thriller genre and I did one titled: Double Catastrophe – based on Lot’s escape from Sodom as inspired by Genesis chapter 19. This story still fascinates me. God planned to destroy Sodom (the city in which Lot lived) and Gomorrah because “their sin was very grave” (Genesis 18:20-21).

As I read this story again, few things stand out. When the two angels came to Sodom to carry out the destruction, they told “escape for your life” (Genesis 19:17). We live in a world where evil seems to prevail but God’s word for us is to flee/reject/stay away or abstain from all/every appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22). We are to escape for our lives lest destruction comes upon us.

In the same Genesis 19:17 Lot was told, “Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley.” As God’s chosen people living in a fallen world, when He rescues us as He did Lot, we should not look to the past or in the pits or depressions of life. If you stop in your pitfalls you will go under, you’ll be swept away and buried in them. Beloved “escape to the hills” from whence cometh your help! (Psalm 121:1)

Lot argued with the angels (vs 18) and they let him do his own will. Sometimes we argue with God and He permits us to follow our own desires. The fact that calamity hasn’t befallen you doesn’t mean that you’re in God’s will. God stopped striving with man in Genesis 6:3 because every inclination of the thoughts of man’s heart was evil (Genesis 6:5). So yes, there are plenty of times – if you’re not led by the Holy Spirit – you’ll be doing your own will; which we try to elevate as “God’s permissive will” .

NB: God has only one will – the pleasing and perfect will and this we can learn only if we are not conformed to the pattern, behavior and customs of this world (Romans 12:2)

For instance, Ishmael was not God’s pleasing and perfect will but Isaac was. (Genesis 17:18-19)

“Escape to the hills” was God’s pleasing and perfect will for Lot but in verse 16 we see that he lingered and in verse 18-19 he argued. Then in verse 20, he chose a place which wasn’t what God had in mind. Lot was acting on his own will here and he settled in Zoar (which means ‘little’). Lot settled in a little place. Oh, how we many times behave like Lot! God wants to take us out of the place of immorality, corruption and destruction to a place that is above (the hills), but we choose to settle in a place that is little (Zoar). Lot came from an environment of immorality to settle in a place of littleness and his life became miserable. What is your Zoar?

Eventually, in verse 30, we see that Lot actually moved and went to the hills where he should have gone in the first place. However this delayed obedience. When you delay in your obedience to God, you give the enemy grounds for entry. The real reason Lot moved is that he was afraid to live in Zoar. Why? He wasn’t in God’s perfect will. When Adam and Eve sinned and they heard God walking in the garden, they hid because they were afraid. They had fallen out of God’s will and knew it, hence the fear. (Genesis 3:10) Fear has no place in your life when you’re God’s perfect will (2 Timothy 1:7).

When you come from an environment of immorality to settle in a place of littleness, your thinking become dull – you’re not sharpened, you’re not challenged, you cannot see far – your vision is limited such that when you eventually go to the hills, you settle for the cave. A cave is a large underground chamber. Why go to the hills to live underground? This is abnormal and abnormal behavior attracts abnormal activities. (Genesis19: 30-38)

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The Box

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They had married young. He was twenty and she, eighteen. Ten months after their wedding their first baby arrived, and the next one followed fifteen months later. Now both their children were out of the home, and he was just settling down to enjoy the new phase of life with his wife. They had plans to go on all those cruises they had previously not been able take. Then a couple of weeks before their twenty-fifth anniversary he got a shock of his life. Tucked away at the bottom of her closet was a box full of letters and cards from another man.

For a few seconds, life stood still before him and then the ache of betrayal jangled violently through his entire body and soul. He carefully carried the pink scented gift box and placed it on the blanket chest. Peering at the contents in one letter, it was apparent that this illicit affair had been ongoing when she worked at the hospital. He couldn’t understand how this was happening to him. As far as he knew, theirs was one of the most stable marriages around. This finding tore into his heart like a sharp knife. He really wanted to confront her with this box, but on second thoughts he returned the overwhelming evidence exactly where he had found it.

He was sitting at the kitchen table when she came back from the beauty salon. She was still as beautiful as when he had first laid his eyes on her. Although his heart was heavy he stood up and took her in his arms. Trembling and fighting back his tears, he mustered enough strength to say, “After all these years, I, Rodgers, still take you Armella, to be my wife, to have and to hold, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; until death do us part.”

She was a little puzzled by this very touching moment; however she savored it and reaffirmed her own vows back to him.

Later that night when she reached for her box of secrets, there, on top of it was a note from her husband:

“My life is so beautiful with you in it.”

Armella’s legs gave way beneath her and she sat on the floor weeping. She knew he had found out. She was extremely remorseful.
After gaining some composure, she took the box into the den. Rodgers was there reclined in his favorite seat watching a game. She tossed it into the fire. They both watched it go up in flames.

“Honey, I am very sorry…” she began.

He switched off the television and motioned her to sit beside him.
Gazing into her eyes he said, “I am too, but we can start a new box – our own memory box.”

So they did and called it “1 Peter 4:8”.

Last week they celebrated their fiftieth anniversary.

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Let us not be afraid to call sin sin, but let us not be slow to forgive it and to look past it. It’s amazing how much beauty we can see and how much further we can go together when we choose to close our eyes to our spouse’s faults.

Copyright © 2014 Dee Kyalo-Mwanzia

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