Category Archives: Wisdom

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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*Dee Kyalo is the author of Crushing Invisible Barriers . Check out the book’s cool reviews and ‘like’ us on Facebook!

The Box

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Honey, I am very sorry…” she began.

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

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

Last week they celebrated their fiftieth anniversary.

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

Copyright © 2014 Dee Kyalo-Mwanzia

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

Experiencing Grace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright © 2014 Dee Kyalo-Mwanzia

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

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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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.