Category Archives: Grace

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.

All parts, Volume 1, Volume 2 & Volume 3 of this book are available as e-books on Amazon.com

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So Unloved

I’ve been thinking of Michal, the woman who tricked her father and his emissaries. She is the daughter michal2of a king who marries a king. I don’t know why Graça Machel comes to mind. Maybe it’s because she’s been first lady of two different nations; she is the widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela and of Mozambican president Samora Machel. (Notice the similarity in Michal and Machel?)

Anyway, back to Michal. She made no effort to conceal her love for the much-lauded champion of Israel. What young woman would not be attracted by such a strong athletic young man; one who confronts and slays a giant? The Bible says that “He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.” (1 Samuel 16:12) Hello, somebody? Nonetheless, we observe that she didn’t love the Lord otherwise she would not have had the hair-covered idol to place in David’s bed, when Saul sought to kill David (1 Samuel 19:13,16). Also, I wonder how deep and true Michal’s love for David was because – to save herself – she pretended that David had threatened to kill her if she did not help him escape (1 Samuel 19:17). True, David’s life was spared but what a different story might have been written of her if she had been a woman after God’s heart!

Was she stony-hearted?

‘Heartless’ is perhaps too strong a word for a woman who in her time, they were treated as property, being tossed from one husband to another (1 Samuel 25:44). Yet we do not read of any weeping from Michalmichal as she is taken away from the home of the man who had shown her so much affection during the many years that David was in hiding; but Palti wept for her (2 Samuel 3:16). Thus she was restored to the man who viewed her more as a conquest than a wife. For this is what he said, “Give me back my wife Michal, for I bought her with the lives of 100 Philistines.” (2 Samuel 3:14).

Poor Michal! We know that she had an outburst when David came back home after returning the Ark to Zion. This was the Ark of the Lord but like I said earlier, the woman had no love for God – this victory didn’t please her. She was more concerned about how undignified her husband appeared to them young servant girls as he praised God (2 Samuel 6:16, 20). Do you think she knew that her husband had a weakness for the opposite sex and this made her insecure? I cannot but express sympathy for her.

What’s left

It seems like she never quite got anything of her own…she didn’t enjoy the love of a spouse or family. Her husband who she had loved so dearly wasn’t actually hers initially. She wasn’t his first choice. Her sister Merab was, but stuff happened (1 Samuel 18:19) and 100 foreskins later as her bride price, she was David’s wife. Michal never had children of her own, instead cared for her sister’s 5 children – all who were eventually beheaded. Poor Michal!

How many Michals are there today? They love but are unloved. They risk to save their loved ones. They go to great lengths even putting their security in idols – the gods of this world for the sake of those they love. They bail their beloved out, rescue them from tight spots only to be abused or abandoned, neglected and deserted. Are there some who seem to get only what someone else has left? Are there some who feel so forsaken that they have despised God in their heart?

Call to God

Know that despite all of the negative experiences that can render one bitter, God’s love has been poured michal1out to you. He is merciful and can change your situation. We do not hear Michal crying out to God in repentance or for mercy but you have the opportunity to do so today. Call unto Him and He will answer you. He will be with you in your distress. He will deliver and honor you. There is hope!

Blessings to you!

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 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!

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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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.

Experiencing Grace

God's grace is not only sufficient - it is inexhaustible!

God’s grace is not only sufficient – it is inexhaustible!

Truth must be revealed and believed to be effectual. To experience God’s grace, we must first understand its revelation and believe it; and this is as enabled by the Holy Spirit who guides us into all the truth (John 16:13 NIV). When Jesus went back to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to exercise a worldwide ministry. Today the Holy Spirit illuminates the minds of the people, makes us yearn for God, and takes spiritual truth and makes it understandable to us. Here is the truth:

Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him. – Romans 4:7-8 NIV

I have been on a wonderful 30 day journey of rediscovering my identity in Christ and learned that knowing who I am in Christ is liberty. This knowing is freedom from sin, condemnation, fear, worry, guilt, depression, addictions and/or among others. I was excited as Romans 8:1-4 NLT came alive once more:

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The Law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Experiencing God’s grace, for me, is an ongoing journey of freedom in Christ. This is a much needed back to basics adventure for the ‘older’ Christian and an introduction to the significance of the cross for the newer believer. Grace, which is God’s unmerited favor, starts at the cross of Jesus Christ. Either cannot exist apart from the other. This exercise was a great reminder of how every Christian desperately needs God’s grace to fill their lives. How without it, we would be in bondage.

It is this grace that converted a terrorist like Saul into a saint called Paul (Acts 9:1-9, Acts 22:6-14 NLT). Despite his impressive résumé, Paul couldn’t recognize Christ (Acts 22:3 NLT) and remained one of the worst sinners who needed God’s grace (1 Timothy 1:15-16 NLT). Then he was chosen (regardless of his flaws). When the Lord appeared to him on the road to Damascus, it was grace and this same grace is what made him become not less than the “super-apostles” (2 Corinthians 11:5 NLT). Though he ascended to an outstanding position among the apostles, Paul understood that it was not about what he could or couldn’t do; and it wasn’t about his achievements either. In any case he had some weakness (2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NLT) making him dependent on Christ. Paul had great understanding of God’s grace that even if the accomplishments – those things that would count in the eyes of men were to be considered, he considered them garbage, that he may gain Christ (Philippians 3:7-11 NIV).

When we get saved and come to know Christ, it is by God’s grace through faith; and this is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8 NIV). Only through Jesus Christ we are offered grace, a free gift. It is not because of our strength, capacities or gains. The Bible says, “It is not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:9 NIV). We have done nothing to deserve it and scripture makes it clear that everything about our relationship with God depends upon us trusting Him in faith, by resting in His grace. For this to be effective we must allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and on us through us applying the grace of God to our personal lives. Stepping outside these confines means that we are treading on the dangerous fatal path of the Law.

The Law only shows us how weak we are but doesn’t empower us to overcome those weaknesses. It demands righteousness but doesn’t show us how to achieve it. God’s grace, on the other hand, is made manifest through Jesus finished work on the cross gives us His righteousness as a gift. In Christ we are equipped with everything we need to do His will (Hebrews 13:21 NIV).

As I observed the life of my favorite apostle (Paul) afresh, I couldn’t help but acknowledge that grace is what equips ministers of the gospel to minister to the foreigner, stranger and all the unfamiliar persons. Is it any wonder that Jesus was a friend of sinners? (Matthew 11:19 NIV, Luke 7:34 NIV) It is grace that brought to a standstill the stone throwing gathering of the woman caught in the act of adultery (John 8:1-11 NIV). Grace embraces people that society is unenthusiastic to relate with – like addicts and criminals. It is grace that brings them to the road of recovery and ultimate restoration. While we may not all be ministers per se, we must understand that we are utensils (2 Timothy 2:21 NLT) and channels of this grace (Genesis 12:2 NIV). Grace operates where the Holy Spirit is welcome.

For anyone that is pre-saved, it is my delight to let you know that cleaning up our behavior is not a pre-requirement for salvation. Grace takes us as we are and what God has done for us in Jesus saves us and changes our hearts – not what we have done for God (Titus 3:5 NIV). By the way, what could we possibly do for God anyway? Apart from His grace, our righteous acts are like filthy rags before Him (Isaiah 64:6 NIV).

God’s grace first saves and then trains His people for godliness and good deeds (Titus 2:11-12 NIV). Without this understanding, trying to live the Christian life it is an immense struggle, that is why many feel beaten down by the enemy. Come to me ye that are heavily laden… this is grace calling, that we may find rest (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV), this is freedom in Christ.

A priceless lesson learned is that grace is no excuse for pride and definitely no ticket to continue in sin. Just like the prodigal son came back to his senses and returned to the father, we all must. Returning to the Father removes one from slavery and enables us experience God’s grace daily.

More inspirations from Romans 6:14 NIV, Jude 1:4 NIV, Zechariah 4: 6-7 NIV, Romans 8:9 NIV, 1 Corinthians 2:14 NIV

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.

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

Amazed By Grace

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Anyone with a skeleton? Of course! It is the one thing every person and most animals in the world has in common. Or should I have added “in the closet”?

I’ve had it said that everyone has something to hide. Do you have a secret or other past memories that you prefer not to talk about with anyone else? I have had some skeletons and these do not only include my dark past but also embarrassing moments I’ve had that I simply choose not to unearth over and over – unless they are spiritually beneficial to someone.

One thing I have learned is that it is vital to clean up the skeletons in the closet sooner than later because failure to do so can result in abrupt dire consequences. More often than not these skeletons are sins.

Genesis 3:1 to Revelation 20 talks about how to deal with sin and get back to God. How can I be righteous before God? I ask this question because man’s righteousness is like filthy rags before God.

6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. – Isaiah 64:6 NIV

Not even keeping the Law is good enough.

19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. – Romans 3:19-20 NIV

Abraham was righteous according to God because he simply believed God; not because of anything he earned.

The God of justice ensures every sin is paid for. Every sin is going to be fully punished except we lay it on another.

11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. – Leviticus 17:11 NIV

The altars we read about in the Old Testament have blood poured upon them and this blood was pointing towards the blood of Jesus. Now the blood of Jesus has come – the blood that makes us one with God. And the cross upon which this blood was poured, is our altar. It is the place where our salvation was purchased.

I am amazed that Jesus took upon Himself my sins (including the skeletons) and that’s why He died. Without Him carrying my sin, He wouldn’t have died. Jesus would have hang on that cross without death because of His sinless nature. I am amazed by God’s grace and my labor is to believe in the finished work of the cross.

I encourage you now to bring out your skeletons, lay them at the cross and be prepared to be amazed!

*This article was written by Dee Kyalo, Author of Crushing Invisible Barriers
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Who wants to be a millionaire?

MillionaireLogoI just started a game of Jigty puzzles on my phone and a thought came through my mind: “What if I could solve my life’s puzzles in 20 minutes or less?” Honestly, I really wish I could. You see I have issues that I would like settled yesterday but in the same breath I’d like to say that thus far God has been very faithful to me. It is human nature (I think), to feel somewhat impatient with some levels in one’s life. When you experience monotony, it’s natural to feel like you want to move to the next (or a different) level – quickly!

Single people may want to marry in a hurry.
Married people may want to call it off in a huff.
Teenagers may want to be as free as the rent they don’t pay.
Children may want to grow up as fast as the speed of light!

I think all that is “normal” – to some extent. The real issue here is how you compare what you want against the chart of what you should have.

From time to time I get Facebook inbox messages and emails from people asking me to stand with them in prayer for certain issues of life. The complexity of some concerns can be overwhelming but when you realize that humans can only do so much, you rest your hope somewhere else. I have become conscious of the fact that life is not a Jigty puzzle so daily I learn to put my hope and trust in God. As I take this faith journey, I do so with the determination of extending hope and encouragement to those I come across.

“What if I could solve my life’s puzzles in 20 minutes or less?”

“What if I could solve my life’s puzzles in 20 minutes or less?”

In the course of providing counsel, I received a message from a young man who lost his whole family in a car wreck. “I have no wife, no kids and no home. I am thinking of committing suicide.” He writes. This is intricate! What do you tell a man who has lost his will to live? Where do you start? I wish I could tell him, “Pick up this piece and put it to the left, then move this one to the right and voila!” For sure, life is not a rehearsal, especially where human life is concerned – and hanging by the thread. You cannot just come back and say, “Oops, I guess you shouldn’t have moved that piece.” It might be too late for that. Therefore, I am learning that when God sends someone your way, His main purpose is to preserve life. However, it may not be as literal as saving a person from physical death. People face a whole range of situations and you have a solution to at least one.

This brings me to something Jesus said. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10. If we are followers of Christ, we too must give life and strive to give it to the full to those we come across.

Many are lost, find one
Many are wasting, preserve one
Many are hungry, feed one
Many are in bondage, free one
Many are hopeless, encourage one
Many are frustrated, help one
Many are in darkness, enlighten one
Many are hurting, comfort one
Many are dying, save one

Okay, this was not about money but souls. You’re not a millionaire by having a million dollars. You’re a millionaire by influencing a million people for the glory of God. So, do you want to be a millionaire?

[Inspired by John 10:10, Matthew 5:13-16]

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