Category Archives: God’s Faithfulness

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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Free Rotisserie Chicken

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As I walked into Walmart on Saturday evening of March 26, a Caucasian lady about my age stopped me and said, “Do you want some free rotisserie chicken?” She didn’t wait for my answer. “They are giving away free chicken and there’s only a few left so I thought to let you know so you can get one.”

Now, this was unexpected because Walmart store didn’t have to give anything for free; and it was welcome news to my ears – not just because we love chicken where I come from – but also it was a rare chance. I don’t know about you but never have I, in my life, walked into a supermarket and received a whole chicken for free!

In my excitement, charity amnesia took over and I forgot to thank the good lady who had delivered the good news. “Oops!” telling my daughter, Kayla who was with me, “How could I not say thanks? That’s unbecoming of me.” Upon turning around, the lady had already disappeared. “Well, I guess we’ll just spread it along.” The bearer of good news to the next person, that’s what I had decided to become.

The Leading

Whether it was the aroma or instinct leading, I can’t quite tell, but with a considerable increased walking speed, we arrived a table arrayed with “lemon pepper chicken” and “traditional chicken” – steaming hot!

Trying to tame the thrill, this was me: “What’s going on here?”

The young man managing the section answered, “Free chicken. Just pick and go.” And then he added, “One per customer.”

Awesome! Just the confirmation I needed. chicken

Needless to say, Kayla must have been a little embarrassed when, after picking up my bird, I went stopping every shopper I met with a broad smile. “Would you like some free chicken?” Not exactly pausing for a response, I’d quickly point them to the source, “They’re giving it over there.”

The Hinge

As you can tell from the date, this occurred over Easter weekend. A time which is so significant to the Christian faith because we commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ. We celebrate the atonement of Jesus Christ, without which we would have no hope. This event is the hinge on which Christianity hangs – without it Christianity falls. Christianity devoid of the death and resurrection of Jesus becomes as powerless as any other faith.

The Reminder

Easter reminds us that because of the death and resurrection of Christ, God demonstrated that Jesus is Lord and Christ.

Had Jesus Christ just died and been buried, then He would have been just like any other mortal man. But His resurrection speaks a different story. His bleeding to death was a guarantee that the resurrection would happen and God made a public declaration of it.

God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it…Therefore … be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, … crucified, both Lord and Messiah. – Acts 2:32,36 NIV

The Good News

chicken3 Although they say that bad news travels fast like a wildfire and good news travels slowly, there is no guarantee that bad news will always get around faster than good news. That Saturday evening the good news of free rotisserie chicken giveaway had wings – it traveled fast. Everyone was either sharing the news or receiving it.

This made me think of 4 things:

1. Salvation

Without reducing it to chicken which is placed on a table and disappears after a few minutes, salvation is free and it is eternal. You have a choice to receive or reject it. None of us is too good that we don’t need it or too bad that we can’t receive it. If truth be told, we can’t live a full life here on earth and we can’t make it to heaven either – without it. This very costly gift is God’s free gift to us and our only responsibility is to receive it by faith (John 1:12; 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9).

2. Evangelism

As Christians, we are empowered to evangelize or spread the good news. Together with having the right to celebrate Easter, we have been given power to take on the sacred commission of spreading the gospel throughout the world. Pointing people heavenward. This is what Jesus said to the eleven after appearing to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). Had He not resurrected, we would never have had any power to evangelize. We are His witnesses because His power has come on us to preach “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8)

3. Needs and Wants

Not only does God meet our needs but He meets our wants also. The truth is this: I didn’t need the free chicken as at that particular moment, but when the subject came up, oh, I wanted it and promptly changed the dinner menu. It dawned on me, in a new perspective, that God fulfills the desires of every living thing (Psalm 145:16) and satisfies us with good things (Psalm 103:5) – and this includes our wants as well. What a gracious God!

4. Do Likewise

In The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Jesus teaches on neighborliness and says, “Go and do likewise.” I had received something for free – it made me smile (more like giggle with joy), surely as a Christian, I have a responsibility to be a blessing to someone else and put a smile on their face.

Whenever God gives you “extras”, it is not so that you can amass – it is so that you can share. The small rotisserie chicken may not be enough to share with your neighbors, but you can open your hand to someone else – especially those in need and help provide for their needs. God tells us that the poor will always be around and commands us to be openhanded toward them (Deuteronomy 15:11).

Over to you. Is there a time when someone (a stranger) did something nice for you (for free) and you decided to spread the cheer? Maybe you can start a fire. Think about ways you can be a blessing to others.

Shalom!
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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!

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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!

Despite A Dark Night

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I’m this type of person who when going through a dark night, I want to get out as quickly as possible. I have a problem seeing clearly on a dark night but over the years I have come to realize that sometimes God’s plan is not always to get me out of it but to have me make a difference there; to be the light in that dark night.

When bad things, like terrorist attacks or any heinous incidences of that nature happen, a lot of people are affected. However, some of those who live through these darkest of nights come out sharing testimonies and stories of hope. As Christians, it would do us good to always remember that despite what we go through, we are to be a light of this world. (Matthew 5:14).

Are you in a difficult situation that you need to be a witness of?

A while back I was speaking to a dear sister and got both encouraged and challenged in my spirit. This young woman was battling a serious health problem but in the midst of her dark night she was able to offer hope and encouragement to those in a similar situation. She was at the hospital for chemotherapy and couldn’t help overhearing another patient on phone panicking about chemo, hair loss, side effects and a whole range of other stuff associated with cancer treatment. As soon as the other woman hung up the phone my sister stepped in and shared the message of hope and the faithfulness of God. Even on your dark night, if you let Him, God can still use you. Yes, you can provide light at the end of someone else’s tunnel!

This reminds me of Paul and Silas on their dark night: About midnight they were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. (Acts 16:25). Some people will get to hear, understand and receive the gospel only through you because you are in a situation they can identify with – the same tunnel. You’re more real and more relevant to them. View your tunnel as your platform or pulpit to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ – the True Light. God has an eternal purpose for the problem you’re facing. Out of those ashes, where all seems lost; if you let Him, He is able to give you beauty that you can share with others.

Copyright © 2014 Dee Kyalo-Mwanzia

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Dee Kyalo is the author of Crushing Invisible Barriers and Looking Up . Check out the cool reviews and ‘like’ us on Facebook! Both books are available here now.

Following Christ: It’s not a matter of convenience

This morning I awoke to John 6:26 – Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.

It got me to thinking…If nothing changes in your life…if ‘that’ miracle doesn’t come through, would you still be a follower of Jesus? Would you still serve in your church?

These people were not acquainted with the true and proper reason of what Jesus did, because they sought in Christ something else than Christ himself. Beloved Believer, how different are you from them?

Yes, miracles are real and they still do happen. Our God is a miracle-working God but are we abusing the miracles of God by resting in the conveniences of this present life e.g keeping our bellies full, rather than seeking the Kingdom?

They did not profit by the works of God as they ought to have done; for the true way of profiting would have been to acknowledge Christ as the Messiah in such a manner as to surrender themselves to be taught and governed by Him, and, under His guidance, to aspire to the heavenly Kingdom of God. On the contrary, they expected nothing greater from Him than to live happily and at ease in this world.

So again I ask: If nothing changes in your life…if ‘that’ miracle doesn’t come through, would you still be a follower of Jesus? Would you still serve in your church?

Lord, open the eyes of our understanding that we may see You for who you are.

Let There Be

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Last Tuesday a dear sister was called to new life following treatment for breast cancer. We experienced tension in big and little ways, obvious and subtle ways every single day as she went through the tough process.

I learned that as hard as we might try to pursue health and well-being, the chaos of un-wellness can invade as an unwelcome intruder. It took my sister only 8 months from diagnosis to departure.

It is in confusing moments like this when God seems so far away. In tumultuous situations like this one finds it very difficult to pray. Nothing makes sense in such turmoil. It feels to me like chaos is trying to move in, take me over and swallow me up. Everything is in disarray and I do not know where to start.

Although it is very difficult to understand why a young wife – only 34 years old, and a mother of two, aged 6 (almost 7) and 4, should die, I rejoice because blessed are the dead who die in the Lord (Revelation 14:13 NIV).

It appears as though nothing good can come out of the chaos that sickness, disease and death can cause.

“Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak.” I cry out in desperation. (Psalm 6:2 NLT)

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.” He answers. (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).

It suddenly dawns on me that order can only be experienced in the midst of shambles. In the beginning, when the earth was formless, empty and darkness was over the surface of the deep, the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters and He began creating something good. Let there be…and it was! (Genesis 1:1-31 NIV and Genesis 2:1-2 NIV).

How else can we experience light save there is darkness? How can we receive healing unless there is sickness? How can we receive a new body unless the current one is first taken down? (2 Corinthians 5:1-10 NLT). Peace be still can only be said in the midst of a storm (Mark 4:39 NKJV). Whenever the Spirit of God moves, there occurs creation of order and goodness out of disorder and chaos. In this case, a seed has been planted and we wait for the Lord as we say, “Let there be the germination of a new plant in the land of the living!”

Is anyone facing a similar situation? Let there be hope and encouragement as you watch this powerful video!

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Copyright © 2014 Dee Kyalo-Mwanzia. All Rights Reserved.
Dee Kyalo is the
Author of Crushing Invisible Barriers and Looking Up . Check out the cool reviews and ‘like’ us on Facebook! Both books are available here now.

Keeping Silent

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Imagine walking down a dark slippery road. You cannot see where you are going or coming from and everything you try to hold onto is slimy. You are alone and afraid. You don’t know where you are but are sure of this one thing: You are lost and cannot find your way.

If you have never been lost you may never truly understand forgiveness. When you have been brought up in church all your life and then you listen to testimonies of people that had gone down the slippery slope of destruction and have been rescued, you can be tempted to think: Now, those people were really lost!

Some stories are shocking yet not really uncommon in our day. Some years ago, a man has an adulterous affair and then murders his wife and their unborn baby and tries to cover it up by lying about everything. I don’t know if he realized that he was lost and needed help but this takes me to a different story of one man who commits adultery, then lies about it, and then tries to cover up his sin by killing another; and then keeps silent about it hoping it will just go away on its own.

In his silence, this man lives in misery as written here:

3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer. – Psalm 32: 3-4 NIV.

Then a prophet shows up with a story that angers him yet exposing his hypocrisy (2 Samuel 12:1-10 NIV) And suddenly the man, King David, realizes that he is lost: 13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Once he acknowledges he is lost and confesses his guilt, he is forgiven and the burden of his guilt is lifted. Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. (2 Samuel 12:13 NIV)

From David’s experience, we learn that we cannot rule over any sin that we do not confess. If we keep silent with sin, it will steal our joy, position and freedom. Our silence with sin will sap our energy and cause us to waste away.

King David knew what it felt like to be lost and also knew what it is to be forgiven. Do you?

1 Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one
whose sin the LORD does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit. – Psalm 32:1-2 NIV

God bless you and please let us know if you need prayer.

*This article was written by Dee Kyalo, Author of Crushing Invisible Barriers
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Prioritize!

I believe that many of us have plans for this New Year. I’m sitting here looking at mine almost wondering who wrote them. Suddenly it feels like 12 months are not enough to accomplish what is in this paper staring at me; daring me to embark on it.

Anyway, I’m drawn to the story in Luke 10:38-42 where Jesus visits the home of Martha and Mary. In verse 40, we notice that Martha was distracted by much serving. In this fast paced world, most of us are like Martha. We feel like 24 hours in a day are no longer enough – there’s just so much to do! I’m sure that was Martha’s position and when she expressed her frustration to Jesus, He told her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,” (Luke 10:41NIV)

Sometimes we may feel like we are doing all the work by ourselves and no one cares enough to offer a helping hand. Martha was exasperated that her sister wasn’t helping and tried to get Jesus to intervene. She said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” (Luke 10:40NIV).

We do that too, probably in different ways. We ask God to send help in situations that overwhelm us but God is like, “My child, a little effort in prioritizing would help you. Choose what is important.” This is how Jesus said it to Martha in Luke 10:42 “but few things are needed–or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Quick question, what is at the top of you plans for 2014?

Over and over we fail to choose what is important and then get frustrated in the process. I have learned that it is easier or more convenient to serve than to commune that is why many of us choose to serve. Both are necessary in our Christian walk but we must know the order in which they should come. Look at Joshua serving and Moses communing. Joshua never grew weary of fighting with the Amalekites (because he was being uphelp by someone’s communing with God); but Moses, on the top of the mountain in prayer, needed two helpers to sustain his hands. (Exodus 17:8-13). When you choose to commune with God as your first and most important priority, you will not tire of your service to Him.  We tire because we have misplaced priorities not because there’s so much to do with very little time and no help. God gave each one of us 24 hours in a day… the CEO, the stay-at-home-mum, the pastor, the firefighter –  all of us, and He expects us to be fruitful in whatever area He has called us to serve. But service shouldn’t take the place of communing with Him.

You may have realized that when you drop your hands to your sides, the tide of battle shifts right before your eyes. The enemy begins to gain a toehold. Why? because your enemy knows what is important and what brings you the victory. However, I have good news for you: As long as you are in communion with God, He will send you help! When you stretch your arms towards heaven again and bring the matter to the Lord. Immediately the battle’s momentum shifts back to you and once again the enemy is driven back.

We must keep our arms stretched towards heaven in communion with God if we want to open the door for God’s supernatural intervention on the battlefield. God’s prevailing power is released through prayer.

With God, we will prevail!

*This article was written by Dee Kyalo, Author of Crushing Invisible Barriers
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More Than Conquerors

conquerorThe more I think about the promises of God the more I realize that though the promises of God are real and available to me, I am required to take some steps in order for those blessing to be released to me. When given something by God and He says to contend for it, it means that God has as well released to me all that it takes for me to win that battle. I am fully convinced that God cannot bring me out of Egypt to leave me in the dark.

In this brief writing, I want to encourage someone in battle. God is too faithful to fail. Has He not delivered you before? You know you have been in a bad situation before – and He showed up in your favor! When you journeyed from your slavery (to sin) toward your freedom (salvation), He was with you the whole time. Don’t you know that some of the people you were with in Egypt (bondage of sin) are now six feet under? Do not look back like Lot’s wife otherwise the help of God can be withdrawn. You are more than a conqueror – that’s how God sees you. Therefore do not attempt to be less than what you really are in God’s view. His view is that you will make it despite the resistance and or opposition. Your opposers will many times come packaged in ‘traditions’. They will say, “We have always done it this way – your way won’t work.” Child of God, hold on to God and His promises, forget about traditions of men those will only tie you against the Abrahamic covenant and make you miss out. You will not miss out. Be encouraged, because God is on your side!

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