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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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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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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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Prayer Predators

A while back I shared an article about Last Days and today, words fail me.

What a shame! What a shame! What a shame!

The following video is simply an abuse to the cross of Jesus Christ. The true healing and salvation message has been reduced to money – mammon (Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:13).

Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. – 1 Timothy 4:1 NLT

Job 36:12, Proverbs 5:23, Proverbs 10:21, Hosea 4:6

Down The Slippery Slope

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Is experience really the best teacher? Some people are very daring and prefer to learn by experience while others are just too cautious; they choose to learn by carefully watching surrounding happenings. I’m not sure what makes one daring or cautious but I think that it would be wonderful if we can draw from both our own and others’ experiences to become better people.

I have a daring older sister and growing up, whenever she got into trouble, I only needed to watch the ramifications to learn that whatever she had done was one more thing I shouldn’t do. It helped me a lot. Life is too short to learn everything by experience and I believe that is why we have the scriptures. For instance, a man does not need to find a Bathsheba to understand that the ‘affair’ King David had with her was evil. We can watch incidences in other people’s lives and learn.

Nowadays, even though we hear about a health crisis associated with promiscuity and drug abuse, or the problem of illegitimate births, we do not often hear the word sin. We prefer to call it a mistake but if we were speak like Jesus then we would call it like it is – sin! But try telling someone, “You didn’t make a mistake – you committed a sin.” Most likely, they will think that you are judging them and assuming a holier-than-thou attitude.

In John 8:4-11 we understand that Jesus exonerated the woman caught in sin. He didn’t debate whether she had truly sinned or made a mistake. Her accusers were positive that she had sinned and needed to pay the price. Jesus got her out of trouble and then said, “Neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more” (John 8:11 AKJV). However, in our generation, we choose to omit the latter part; erroneously revising the Truth. Is it any wonder that we find ourselves spiraling downward into the deep end? For example, isn’t it disturbing that in a country with 80 percent Christians, 45 percent of women seeking abortion have had at least one previous abortion? At what point do we hear and exercise “go and sin no more”? Are we deceiving ourselves in the pews neglecting to live by the spoken Word delivered to us from heaven via the pulpits (James 1:22 NIV)?

The man who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years eventually got healed. Later, Jesus met him again and said, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you” (John 5:14 NIV). If we have had an encounter with Jesus, we’re alert enough to know righteousness from wickedness. Isn’t it interesting how a non-believer can easily spot sin when a believer commits it? God loves us and His will is that we overcome sin. He cautions us by His Spirit. The problem comes when we don’t heed to the warnings. How much are we willing to pay for ignoring the warnings? Failure to heed has a way of setting its price steeper than we ever budgeted for, taking us farther than we ever wanted to go, keeping us bound longer than we ever planned to stay, sinking us deeper than we ever thought and making us turn out worse than we ever imagined.

One doesn’t find themselves in at the deep end overnight. We can slide down that slippery slope without even knowing it until we hit bottom. If we hide our sins and live in darkness, we will never get the healing we so desperately need; in fact, if it is hidden so well that we don’t even recognize it, we may never even find forgiveness. I honestly don’t think that the woman in John 8:4-11 and the man in John 5:1-15 were ‘first time offenders’. It is likely that they had just never been caught but they meet the Master who lovingly forgives, heals and warns them. Can we learn from their experience? I believe we can.

Without Jesus Christ, like that adulterous woman, we will always find ourselves thrown in at the deep end but meeting Jesus reveals His grace to us giving us power to say no to all ungodliness (Titus 2:11-12 NIV) and enabling us to no longer continue in sin. (Romans 6:1-2 ESV). We need only stretch our hands toward Him and be intentional on getting rid of sin in our lives (Job 11:13-19 NLT). We can do this because God is on our side!

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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.

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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!

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Copyright © 2014 Dee Kyalo

Convinced, Confused or Careless?

circlesSome people are too careful to wander far from shore, but are not convinced enough to swim into the waters and are too confused to move away from the periphery of the sea; so they choose one of both ways – and end up going in circles. Why is it that in spite of a massive, ongoing campaign on the hazards of cigarette smoking, millions continue to light up? According to the Spokesman Review, November 13, 1991, p. C1, health experts might be more successful if they acknowledged the pleasurable aspects of smoking. Then once they had a smoker’s attention, they could let loose on why it’s time to quit. That was 12 years ago when virtually no one knew anything about e-cigarettes, battery-powered devices that don’t burn tobacco, but rather heat liquid nicotine into a smoke-like water vapor. Today, more than 250 companies sell them in flavors such as bubble gum and peach schnapps. And now sales are set to top $1 billion!

I am guessing that H. Truman was quite right when he said, “If you can’t convince them, confuse them.” The problem with that, however, is that soon you’ll have people’s minds playing tricks on them. If your mind is playing tricks on you, it will lull you into carelessness. Satan’s business is not so much in scaring us to death as persuading us that the danger of a spiritual fall is minimal. No wonder Peter advised us to “resist him, standing firm in the faith” (I Peter 5:9).

Some people are too careful not to wander far from shore, but are not convinced enough to swim into the waters and are too confused to move away from the periphery of the sea; so they choose one of both ways.

Some people are too careful to wander far from shore, they are not convinced enough to swim into the waters and are too confused to move away from the periphery of the sea; so they choose one of both ways.

With e-cigarettes as an alternative for smoking cessation and replacement, one can smoke “anywhere” because they “don’t smell and are very undetectable”. It is no longer called smoking but “vaping” and celebrities are trying to make it look cool. Can you spot confusion and carelessness all in one here? I liken this to advocating the use of condoms for safe sex. This alternative has many users playing with fire. They can “light” it up “anywhere” because it is “very undetectable”. There is no alternative, no replacement, and no substitute to safe sex outside the bounds of marriage except abstinence!

Whatever you don’t consider, you get hardened to but whatever you consider – that is what comes to pass in your life – good or bad. What are you considering? Abraham, being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead… (Romans 4:19). After salvation, if you harden yourself to your new nature you will follow the ‘high thought’ – the way which the world thinks is okay. If Abraham had in fact kept considering the deadness of his body, he would have weakened his faith and the promise of God would not have come to pass in his life. We can say, in faith, Abraham considered the promise of God and possessed it. The alternative would have cost him this promise. The world has presented digital smokes as an alternative and some tobacco analysts predict its sales could surpass conventional cigarettes in the next decade. My question is: At whose expense?

Cigarettes and sex are just two examples the world offers substitutes or alternatives for but I’m sure you can come up with many more. Is there a substitute that has been presented to you regarding something that you know you should just stop?

The reason we embrace alternatives and substitutes instead of dropping harmful habits and sinful deeds is because our minds have not been renewed. We haven’t exchanged our way of thinking with the word of God. When a Christian doesn’t exercise mind renewal they most likely end up being a carnal Christian. A carnal Christian lives by strengthening their senses instead of being strengthened by the Spirit of God. Mind renewal is an everyday affair – not a onetime thing.

When a Christian doesn’t exercise mind renewal they will most likely be a carnal Christian.

When a Christian doesn’t exercise mind renewal they will most likely be a carnal Christian.

Have you fallen? Get up and change your thinking. With renewed thinking, you will no longer look for a substitute or alternative because you will have no desire to sit on the e-fence in order to obtain e-nicotine. Hey, you will not even have the urge for illicit sex. If you are willing and obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, this is a war you will win. Remember, God is on your side!

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!