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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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If It Looks Like A Frog

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The idea that you have to kiss several frogs before you get to your prince(ss) charming is not scriptural; it is not godly, yet many settle for it. I read something in my Bible; you might have come across it too. It goes something like this: “If human beings (being as evil as they are) know how to give good gifts to their children, how much more will my Father in heaven give good gifts to me who asks Him!” In other words, you cannot ask for bread and then He gives you a stone (I mean a deadbeat!!); you cannot ask for a fish only to be given a snake (Get it? a snake! That’s right!) (Ref. Matthew 7:9-11 NLT)

There is a reason you keep getting frogs. Search it. What is it that attracts frogs to you or vice versa? You MUST get rid of it. This is serious…

And I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs leap from the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. – Revelation 16:13 NLT.

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Heeey! If it looks like a frog…BEWARE! (Seriously, why are you even kissing it in the first place?)

Remember the 10 plagues of Egypt in Exodus? Frogs (Exodus 8:6) was one of them and they were everywhere! (How annoying.) Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron to pray to the Lord for the frogs to go away. So Moses asks, “When do you want me to pray for you?” Now, brace yourself for Pharaoh’s answer… “Tomorrow!” Say what?!
What would one want one more night with the frogs for? (Exodus 8:10)

Unfortunately this is the same situation in the lives of the ‘frog kissers’. God sends someone to help you. They ask: “Sister/brother when can we pray for you to deliver you out of this problem?”

“Tomorrow.” (Translation: Just one more night with the frog, please!)

Mmmhh… Alright then. We will respect your choice.

Identifying and Getting Rid of Frogs
To get rid of frogs, you must identify them:
* Frogs have rough, harsh, coarse voice instead of a calm small still voice
* Frogs are a symbol of complaining or reproach as opposed to praise and gratitude
* Frogs are a symbol of impudence=cocky boldness (contemptuous)
* Frogs are a symbol of empty loquacity (too much talk) and very little listening if any.
* Since the frog lives in mud/marshes=symbol of those who live in sin/pollution (and have no desire to leave),
* Frogs may not eat much but drink much=symbol of drunkards
* The frog swells his size, and distends his cheeks=symbol of pride
* The frog endures all changes of the season cold and heat, summer, winter, rain, frost and can easily go for a night vigil and fool you if you’re not prayerful because they are capable of clubbing all night too. Have you ever wondered how a saved sister ends up marrying a…? Well, you get it.

Getting rid of frogs is easy. Get godly wisdom and it will change your fragrance. This wisdom puts the Jesus aroma on you. It is what makes you know not to kiss frogs. There is no right frog – and you get this from the scriptures. The wisdom of God sets you above, it raises your standard and you stink no more! And it will be said concerning you, Baby, you sure do smell sweet! The question of whether or not it is the right frog does not arise. It is a frog. A child of God has no business kissing frogs. Period!

Beloved, God has shown you, now it’s up to you.

Copyright © 2014 Dee Kyalo-Mwanzia

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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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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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The Price Of Divine Presence

Gods PresenceHere’s something interesting to think about. Divine presence does not just fall on men, men attract divine presence. That attraction is the price of divine presence.

So what exactly is this price? What is in this package of attraction? The cost of His presence lies on how much I am willing to put into my following Him. How much I put into training (working out my salvation) determines how much manifestation of His presence is present in my life. Please do not get me wrong here. Salvation is not by works, it is by grace through faith but we have a part to play in sustaining ourselves in it otherwise the enemy can rob us of it.

The price of His presence has to do with the character we must have in order to attract the holy presence of a holy God. Can two walk together if they are not in agreement? I don’t think so. If it is impossible for two disagreeable people on earth to relate, how much more is it for a man who lacks integrity to have a relationship with God in heaven?

God is ever willing to be present in our lives but I’m thinking purity or holiness is paramount, for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” Like the Holy One who called us, we are to be holy ourselves in all our behavior. Christianity is a call to responsibility. We must wake up to the realization that we are saved, we are not just like everyone else and we should not make provision for the flesh. There has to be a clear difference between those that are of God and those that are not; those that are holy and those that are not. Being a church goer or a member of a church isn’t the point. Just because a person is a church member doesn’t necessarily mean that they are of God.

When Apostle Paul was writing to the Corinthians, he was addressing the Church at Corinth! What I mean is that the Corinthian people, were a saved lot; they were not only church going people, they were the church! You think your church has issues? The church at Corinth was troubled with division; members were suing each other in court, sexual sins were rampant, there was disorderly worship, and overall spiritual immaturity. Doesn’t that make you wonder a bit? When I was new in the faith and I learned that you can find plenty of “unbelieving/out of control believers” in church I was kind of surprised. No, I was shocked! Paul knew there was such a mix in this church and he also knew it wasn’t godly to kick out the unbelievers, therefore he proceeded to tell the true believers: Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? Again, holiness/purity is vital in attracting divine presence.

Alongside purity is love. The depth of God’s love in us determines the thickness of God’s manifestation in our lives. Listen: Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. As Christians, God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. A Christian that knows God is able to love openly hence brings the presence of God in their surrounding.

Together with purity and love, comes praise. Since God inhabits the praises of His people, surely His presence must be seen in His praisers. Your praise attracts divine presence. In your praise, God shows up! He is a holy God, enthroned on the praises of Israel – we are the spiritual Israelites so let’s get our holy praise on!

I encourage you brethren, to continue working out your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. In that way, you will attract His presence continually. God bless you!

Inspiration: Ephesians 2:8-9, Amos 3:3, 1 Peter 1:15-16, 2 Corinthians 6:14, 1 John 4:8, Romans 5:5, Psalm 22:3, Psalm 15

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!

The Appointed Time Has Come

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Beloved!

It’s your time to be blessed. You have been holding on to the promises of God without wavering. You have seen the wicked seemingly prosper but your faith has remained unshaken. You have been ridiculed but your focus has remained intact. You know and you know what the Lord God your God spoke to you. I perceive in my spirit, the set time is now.

You have prayed: Let the barren conceive! Let he who desires a mate find! Let tumultuous marriages be restored! Let the rebellious wife be submissive and the unloving husband receive his senses! Let the ungodly parent change his ways! Let the rebellious child return home! Let the prayerless Christian drop to their knees, lift their hands up and cry unto the Lord! Let holiness, purity, health, wellness and prosperity return to the body of Christ. In the name of Jesus, for the glory of God!

Your God shall arise, and have mercy upon you: for the time to favor you… yeah, the appointed time has come. (Psalm 102:13)

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!