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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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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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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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Setting the Pace For 2014

2014aDoes anyone else feel that nowadays years seems to go by faster? Remember when you were younger, Christmas took forever to come. Now, no sooner have you put away the Christmas tree, than you put it up again! Time just seems to vanish and it doesn’t come back. Nevertheless, I have discovered that God’s mercies begin afresh every morning. (Lamentations 3:23NLT) The mercies of God are new every morning. Think about that! Every morning you wake up, irrespective of how you may look or feel, His mercies toward you are new. For that reason, I write today to uplift someone’s spirit.

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. – Isaiah 60:1-2KJV

As you enter the New Year, know that it is light that makes one shine – not luck. Jesus is the light of this world. In John 8:12KJV He said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” I urge you to get connected to Jesus, follow Him and set the pace for 2014.

Light is the flight that takes man to the top. When you operate by the revealed Word of God, you’ll be operating in the light and there is no way you can remain at the bottom. You may be wondering: What has following Jesus got to do with the Word and the light? Here’s what.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. – John 1:1-9KJV

Light provides direction
The Lord Himself will show you the way to go.
You will not stumble and your foot will not dash against a stone like in the past years because the light of the Lord will guide you!

Light brings dominion
Regardless of how gross the darkness might be, a little match…a small candle can still be seen and cannot be denied.
You will have dominion over every failure of the past years because of the light of the Lord!

Light brings speed
The brighter the headlights the faster your car moves in the night.
You will have clarity of vision and enjoy speed like the prophet Elijah even when the sky grows black with clouds and wind, and there are heavy showers because of the light of the Lord!

Faithful is He who has called you into a new year and He will do it!

Happy New Year!

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You are blessed!

*This article was written by Dee Kyalo, Author of Crushing Invisible Barriers
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Wolves Don’t Lose Sleep Over Opinions Of Sheep

wolf-sheep“Wolves don’t lose sleep over the opinions of sheep” is a quote that crossed my mind today. Generally, I’ve heard it said that the meaning of this quote is: spend less time worrying about what others think. I’ll approach it from a different angle.  Both wolves and shepherds love sheep to death – the difference is this: one will take the sheep’s life while the other will give his life for the sheep. Assume the wolf here is the enemy and the sheep is the Christian. The Bible in Psalm 100:3 says, we are the sheep of His pasture.

Why are we sheep? God created us as social beings and like sheep we tend to flock and follow. The flocking and following instinct of sheep is so strong that it caused the death of 400 sheep in 2006 in eastern Turkey. The sheep plunged to their death after one of the sheep tried to cross a 15-meter deep ravine, and the rest of the flock followed. Apart from being docile and meek, interestingly, sheep are notoriously noted for going astray. They get lost easily. We too can get lost at the drop of a hat and we have no ability to find ourselves. Did you ever get lost and couldn’t find yourself? Isaiah 53:6 says, We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. That is how we were without Christ. We were helpless.

The first biblical comparison of the people to sheep without a shepherd comes in the book of Numbers 27:16-18, it is from the prayer of Moses as he begs the Lord to appoint a leader for the people after his death. Listen: May the Lord the God of the spirits of all flesh provide a man, that may be over this multitude: And may go out and in before them, and may lead them out, or bring them in: lest the people of the Lord be as sheep without a shepherd. In answer to his petition, the Lord appointed Joshua the son of Nun to guide the people into the land of the promise.

Sheep are passive creatures, and can do little for themselves: so can believers in the work of their salvation. They have not of themselves more knowledge of the saving way than sheep, and so cannot walk but as they are taught and led. Sheep are the most dependent creatures in the world. All their happiness is in the goodness, care, and wisdom of their shepherd. This ought to give us an idea of how God wants us to lead our lives as Christians. We ought to depend on Jesus who is our Shepherd. In the Old Testament sheep were raised for sacrifice. All of them were raised for death. We are raised for life! In the Old Testament the sheep died for the sins of the shepherd; in the New Testament, the Shepherd has died for the sins of the sheep!

The free online dictionary defines opinion as a belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof. I dare say, then, no wonder the wolf will not lose any sleep over it. We, the sheep, need something more tangible than just an opinion. Opinions lets others know just how limited you are. Every opinion has a limit. Usually it is tied to ones five senses. In other words, opinions have nothing to do with faith. Faith is not limited. Faith is not dependent on feelings or on our senses. Your faith in what God has spoken is what silences the enemy. The wolf will lose sleep over your unshakeable faith is the infallible Word of God!

Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”Matthew 7:15. To me, this is a challenge to be alert.

Some shepherds might look very appealing on the outside, but in reality they are corrupt wolves. Yes, they love the sheep but for their own selfish gain. They will not lose any sleep over your pain or hurt. They won’t care that you hunger or thirst. They’re on the lookout for what’s in it for them.  Jesus expects His sheep to be watchful so that they can easily identify these wolves. Sheep deserve shepherds with Christlike characters. (Jeremiah 3:15). We need pastors who love their flock with the love of Christ. If you can’t stand the smell (problems, issues etc) of sheep, you really shouldn’t be a shepherd.

One of the ways we can identify the wolves is this:

Are their predictions true? A true prophet will predict things and those things will come to pass. A wolf will only guess. Many times their prophecies are false and they will give explanations for it then reset the whole charade with new dates. Here’s what the Bible says, But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the LORD has not spoken?’ – when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him. – Deuteronomy 18:20-22

To state other ways briefly, in addition to the above, if their predictions are not Biblically sound – that is a wolf. If their testimony isn’t Christlike – that is a wolf. If their prophecies are geared toward their personal financial gain – that is a wolf. If they are opportunists; only showing up where they can prey versus pray fleece versus feed – that is a wolf.

When sheep are armed with this knowledge rather than just opinion then the wolves will indeed lose sleep!

*This article was written by Dee Kyalo, Author of Crushing Invisible Barriers
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From A Bachelor’s Journal

What people really think about their situations really fascinates me. It makes me understand the person on a deeper level. You know, sometimes there’s how people view you based on what they see on the exterior and then there’s who you really are based on your interior – which is usually hidden or protected. One of my single brothers, requesting anonymity let me borrow a page from his personal journal for my blog. So here is the entry he made on April 30, 2013.

guy-writing-notebook_0I came home famished from my 16 hour shift and was welcomed by a quiet house and an empty refrigerator. That is when it hit me right between the eyes. This had never bothered me before but today I was beginning to understand just how quickly a hungry man can turn into an angry one. When David was being pursued by Saul – he was hungry and exhausted; this impaired his thinking so that when Nabal refused to give them some food and supplies, David almost wiped him out with the sword. Nabal and his entire household would have died that day had it not been for Abigail, Nabal’s wise wife who came bearing food and words of peace for David. (1 Samuel 25)

So I’m standing there looking at this fridge going like, “If I was married by now, I believe some grocery shopping would have been done. Since two heads are better than one, we both couldn’t have forgotten to do it.” What kind of life is this?

I closed the fridge and sat down on the kitchen floor – thinking about so many things. I didn’t realize how or when I dozed off but at 4 am, the annoying sound of my neighbor yelling at his wife of 3 years woke me up. Rising up from the cold kitchen floor I prayed, “Oh Lord help me. Doesn’t your word say that whoever finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from you?”

It has been only fifteen months since I gave my life to Christ and I am thankful that I didn’t get married when I was still not saved. My outlook on the whole idea of marriage has dramatically changed. It’s not so much about finding the right person for me,  I am now more focused on building my relationship with Christ, that way; I’m working on being the right person. As I observe marriages around me – some great and some really scary, I come to this conclusion: To enter successfully into the marriage arena, my walk with God and my maturity in Christ should be sound. I am so convinced about this that it tops my list in qualities I’m looking for in the future Mrs. Me. It is not enough for both of us to be Christians. We both must also think and act in a Christian manner. Our attitudes and actions must flow from the Scriptures.

That to me is what I call setting priorities right. My brother, thank you for letting me share your thoughts. God bless you!

Conquering Sin

We never conquer sin by adding more rules. Sin is conquered by sanctification – the process of becoming holy, more like Christ – a lifelong process!

If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward Him;
If iniquity (sin) be in your hand, put it far away, and allow no evil (wickedness) to dwell in your tent, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear. – Job 11:13-15
Amen!

You can do this! I can do this! We can do this! Yes we can, because God is on our side!

 

The Word Of God Is Light

lightThe Word of God is light. Haven’t you heard, it is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path? (Psalm 119:105) For a Bible-Believing Believer, this shouldn’t be a cliche. Light will command darkness any day. Darkness always flees in the presence of light. Any time there is darkness, absence of light and lack of understanding in someone’s life, it is a time of frustration, uncertainty, confusion, disappointment, desperation and hopelessness. It is a time of weeping…
And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. (Revelation 5:4)

Before opening of the Book, there is weeping. But I’m here to tell you that because you have the Lion of the Tribe of Judah on your side, as you settle down and open the Book (your Bible) and read it with holy reverence, this will change!

When Ezra opened the book the people stood in holy reverence to the Word of God. He praised the Lord and the people’s response was “Amen! Amen!” I want to believe that this was not a whisper. (Nehemiah 8:5-6)

The Levites made the Word clearer so that the people could understand what was being read. (Nehemiah 8:7-8)

Thank God for ministers of the gospel who make the Word clear and give it meaning so we can understand the scriptures.

Listen: When you get understanding from the Book, nothing is permitted to plague your life any more. You suddenly realize that there is a way out, there is a way up and there is a breakthrough waiting to happen! When the Word of God concerning you hits home you stop weeping and start celebrating. This is a time of great joy. (Nehemiah 8:9-12)

The entrance of thy words giveth light, giving understanding unto the simple. –  Psalm 119:130