Category Archives: Salvation

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!

When You’re Under Spiritual Attack (Part 2)

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Dear Beloved of God, if you’re under a spiritual attack, would you quickly know it and deal with it effectively?

Although every Believer struggles at different times with spiritual attacks, not every Believer recognizes them always as from the devil. Some may blame their situation, family, friends, church, boss, neighbor and at times even God, for their plight. Did you know that the devil is the enemy of your soul and a master deceiver who prompts problems and vanishes before anyone recognizes his influence?

Know this: God wants us to be ready for any spiritual attack that comes our way. He wants us to be equipped in the strength of His power to stand against the enemy’s plans and beat him in those particular battles in our life.

The following message is a continuation of When You’re Under Spiritual Attack Part 1.

Recognizing Spiritual Attacks

4. Struggling with spiritual appetite

Do you sometimes experience loss of appetite for spiritual things, like reading the Bible or listening to sermons? Whenever you lose your spiritual enthusiasm, that’s really when you need it most. Plunge yourself into the Word – nothing nourishes better than the Word. When you immerse yourself in it, you’re assured of forgiveness for your past sins, in addition to being guaranteed of victory now as well as in the future. God’s Word contains the power to bring change to your mind, heart and mood. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103). Eat His Word, for it will be your joy and heart’s delight (Jeremiah 15:16).

5. Struggling with inclusion preferring seclusion

When I was going through a spiritual attack, my husband ministered to me saying, “When a lion attacks a herd of buffaloes, at first he’s just on the prowl, but as the chase ensues, the one animal that separates itself from the group becomes meat.” (See 1 Peter 5:8) Usually, such that isolate themselves are, at that moment, weak, injured and in pain.

If you discover that you have no desire to be among other Believers and you want to disconnect, recognize that this is a spiritual attack. Don’t forsake gathering with other Christians (Hebrews 10:25). Also, get back to the sheepfold, in the presence of the Great Shepherd, He will protect you.

6. Struggling with kingdom service

Once upon a time you were excited about involving yourself in the activities of your church. You used to volunteer for service, but now you do stuff out of obligation rather than joy. You lost your momentum along the way and are simply going through the motions. If you’re honest, you’ll tell “these people to leave you alone instead of bothering you with requests for serving”. Honoring God with your lips while your heart is far from Him (Matthew 15:8) puts a major dent in your spiritual service. Believer, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” (1 Samuel 7:3) Foreign gods and Ashtaroth are things that are taking you away from doing good in the kingdom, and the hand of the Philistines is the spiritual attacks.

7. Struggling with sleep due to interruptions or nightmares

Enough rest and a good night’s sleep are essential if we are to remain active in our spiritual (and physical) life. However, the enemy can cause disturbances with scary dreams or even nothing in particular – you just find yourself awake and you’re not sure why.

After a somewhat sleepless night, the following morning I had planned to sleep in, but was unable to. So after tossing and turning I decided to text my husband who was at work:
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What’s interesting is that I had not seen it for what it was – a spiritual attack! This lack of sleep had interfered with my prayer routine. I was tired, yet awake and unproductive. Nevertheless, that question in the text, struck me moments later and after embracing the following verses, I was able to sleep well. “I will lay down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me” (Psalm 3:5) and “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).

8. Struggling with previously overcome temptations

Ignoring all the above seven signs is likely to usher you to this step – you don’t want to reach here. Being unproductive in your spiritual life is dangerous. Past enticements can come back more ferociously and you’ll have no ammo to resist. When you’re where you should be i.e. submitted to God, only then will you be able to resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Brethren, when you’re under attack, holding fast onto Jesus will open your eyes to the way of escape that God has provided for you, as 1 Corinthians 10:19 states.

Conclusion

Spiritual attacks can hook themselves onto setbacks, losses, disappointments or even major victories in our lives. If you’ve lost momentum, you’re struggling in your spiritual life, and no longer find any thrill in faith matters, it is time unclog your spiritual arteries that would otherwise cause a spiritual cardiac arrest and let the cleansing blood of Jesus flow through! Respond to spiritual attacks with the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), building yourself up in your most Holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20). In so doing, you’ll keep crushing invisible barriers until you stand victorious.

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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!

Don’t Settle For Little! (Part1)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Box

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Honey, I am very sorry…” she began.

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

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

Last week they celebrated their fiftieth anniversary.

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

Copyright © 2014 Dee Kyalo-Mwanzia

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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.

Ready For Heaven?

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A family we knew went to the beach one day, where the father and mother relaxed under an umbrella carefully watching their children as they played with each other. Suddenly, their ball bounced into the sea, and the father rushed after it and caught it on a wave, but then screamed, struggled and suddenly, sank swiftly below the waters sucked in by quicksand. He was so young, leaving everyone, taking nothing; his hopes, dreams and plans, gone in a moment! Not ready to die, nor ready for heaven!

Some Sundays, my best friend Tony Falloon and I visited the sick in the hospital. We soon found out that life can really be beautiful, but sometimes terribly cruel! The odor of medicine mingled with the stench of the sick and dying, could not attract the weak and faint-hearted. One could not escape the awful reality of sin with its consequences of sickness and death.

As we talked with patients, we soon discovered that many were merely religious and believed that God would approve their church attendance, baptism or good works and slip them into heaven. With others physical sickness sometimes reflected their spiritual condition of long resentment toward others, while others despised the church. Many others had no clue that Christ was the answer to their ills. Still others had surrendered to despair and saw no reason for living.

One Sunday afternoon, while visiting Kingston Public Hospital, we stood by the bed of Rudolf Slue, a man whose body was swollen perhaps twice the normal size. We ministered the Word of God to him and he professed faith in Christ. Afterwards he expressed a longing for some of his favorite foods. So, we left the hospital, hurried to a nearby shop and returned with *sprats (a Jamaican delicacy of small fried fish) and a soda.

The following Sunday, I returned to visit Rudolf. At the door of the hospital ward I remarked to a nurse passing by, “I don’t see Rudolf’s bed!”

“Oh!” she replied coldly: “He died about Thursday!”

I stood dumbfounded as I met death face to face. Rudolf’s passing reminded us of words we had heard probably in a sermon somewhere: “Life is short, death is sure; sin the cause, Christ the cure!”

Luke, the apostle, once referred to a previous letter he had written to Theophilus, a Roman official, in which he had recounted ‘all that Jesus began both to do and teach.’

Jesus not only preached, but demonstrated the power of God in action. He reached out and touched the leper, that outcast whom no-one wanted to be near. He visited and ate with Zachaeus, the publican, that rich extortioner, whom everyone despised. To the woman caught in adultery, whom the self-righteous Pharisees condemned, He showed mercy, and sent her away forgiven with the hope of a new life.

The love of Christ compels us to reach out not only to the lost and rejected of society, but to all.

I remember an itinerant preacher during a crusade at Bethany Gospel Hall in Kingston, Jamaica, who would say quite often, “I’m a dying man preaching to dying people!” A sobering thought for me to contemplate as a young teenager starting out in the Christian life! Now, I was beginning to experience the seriousness of what he meant.

The reality of life lived on the edge of death came forcibly home to me as I read frightening verses in the Bible such as, “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,” and “Death spread to all men, because all sinned.”

I shuddered to think of the horror of being cut off from this life. I needed to know Christ not just as a Savior from sin, but in His power to deliver me from the fear of death, a spirit that all my life kept me in bondage to the terrible dread of leaving this life and going out into the dark unknown.

Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift of His Son, Who died to free us from every fear, and prepare us to live with Him forever.

Peace can rule our hearts. Jesus Christ said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

When the patriarch Abraham became God’s friend, he separated from those who worshipped idols. God enabled him to live a holy life, separate from sin. Once we come into the marvelous light of Jesus Christ, we escape from the control of Satan.

When Madame Currie, the great French scientist, discovered radium treatment for cancer, it was a major breakthrough in medical science. That discovery no longer remained locked up in her laboratory, but the whole world waited and received the good news.

Although many advances in medicine are prolonging many lives, life is still short. Men are still waiting to hear the good news that Jesus Christ is God’s eternal cure for sin! In everything we do or say, therefore, let us lift Him higher and higher so that the entire world may know that He is the only cure for sin, and that He is waiting to forgive and to receive all who acknowledge their sins!

In all this God was gently burning in my heart His passion for the lost in this end time generation.

Anyone led by the Spirit will walk on the narrow way and follow the Savior. He came to seek and to save the lost. How sad that many stand hungry and waiting, hoping for someone to show them the way, but so few of us ever become workers in the kingdom of God!

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This article was written by Richard McCaw (pastor and evangelist).
More of his articles can be found here.

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.