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Your life; Your Story.

One thing I’ve learned as I go along in this life, is that we’re living a story. Our lives tell a story. Whether we’re aware of it or not. We all have a story we are living. Our stories are different. Some are filled with great triumph, while others are filled with tears. We hear of how people in the past overcame their own fears, made grand discoveries, and conquered the world around them. They came, stayed, and then they left.

We learn from great history makers like Martin Luther King Jnr, who stood for what was right. Made his mark, lived his story. After a while he left. He is celebrated across the world. In another case, a while ago, I read a story that was trending on the inter-web of a young man whose life was ended (prematurely) when he was mob-lynched, after they caught him stealing. Angry residents from his village could not handle it anymore. On his eulogy, part of it read, he was born a certain year, went to primary and secondary school(s), after that stole for a while, till the day he was cornered and was lynched. It was that brief.

When God created us, He made us unique and very different from everyone else around us. We may have same likes and same values and be in same social gatherings, but I promise you we’re different. Very much different. And so is our story. I was sharing with a colleague, recently, as we spoke about some changes in our workplace. We hold the same positions, report to different managers, we play different roles. My friend told me how his life was at some point crumbled and was fighting just to keep things a float. Same case with my story, I have been there. Things almost went overboard. One thing that stood out for me, no matter how similar the struggles each of us had, how we responded to it is way different.

While thinking about this piece, I came across this quote, “We all have our own stories. We all have suffered. We all are a little broken and a little shattered inside. Every one of us has suffered heartbreaks and gone through failures.” The writer continues to say, “But no matter what we have gone through, it does not give us the right to disrespect or disregard others on the same journey. Respect others because you don’t know what battle they are fighting.” As human beings, we have this tendency of disregarding or showing others some disrespect, something I have seen it happen in actual life. It has happened to me as well, (I’m not immune to disappointment). A certain customer referred me to read Matthew 7, shared my lesson and response: 12, which states “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” As a golden rule in my interactions with people I know and even those I don’t know. For they too have their struggles; they have their story.

I want to ask you, if you’re treated, the way you treat others, will you be okay with it? Will you find life worth of living? Will you wake up to go to work? Well, I don’t know the answers you are having right now. If you can be anything in this world, please be kind. Be kind to the kids, to that stranger you meet along the way. For those of us with vehicles, be kind to other drivers. If this world was to be made a better place to live in, then we must show love and kindness to all. From Michael Jackson’s song Heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me, and the entire human race, there are people dying, if you care enough for the living, Make a better place for you and for me.” This will only be possible if we’re kind and shall love one another.

As I close, as you go about with your daily activities, with all you will meet along the way, be kind to them; for they too have a story, just like you.

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Even when it doesn’t add up; Trust God, He knows better.

Today, I got to recall a story I read a while ago. The story of a soldier nearly gets captured during a war by his enemies. During the fight, the soldier runs as fast as he could; he runs to a forest, where he hides himself. Fearing for his life, he finds a cave where hides himself. Knowing too well, his enemies are behind him. They desired to capture him, making him a prisoner of war. He has a family at home. He couldn’t stand the thought. He was running out options. The forest before him was unfamiliar. The cave, too, was unknown to him. He hid there anyway. Whatever the fate had befallen him, they cornered him. A dead-end.

As he thought of the options, he whispered a prayer to God, saying, “Please help me Lord.” He wasn’t sure if his prayer reached the heavens, but he prayed anyway. He could hear the enemies approaching from a distance. His heart “raced.” Sweat dropped to the ground. However, something appeared from somewhere; a spider, making a web at the entrance of the cave. Wait? A what? Spider? Sent to help? How on earth can this help? Yet he could hear the enemies approaching. The spider wove its web, and after a while it covered the entrance with the cobweb! The advancing enemies had arrived at the entrance of the cave, only to find it covered with cobwebs. He could hear them reasoning if he was inside, then the cobweb would be broken.

Sometimes God uses means that we least expect. We have this mentality that we expect Him to come in one direction. But He shows another method. Over the weekend, during our online fellowship, they had led us to the scriptures in the book Psalm 46: 1; the bible was telling us that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. When we are in trouble, our help, strength and salvation comes from the Lord. He can use anything to send help. Another example was Elijah. After He went into hiding, during the three and half years of famine, at one point the ravens were bringing him meat and bread in the desert. God used scavengers to feed his servant. He can use anything.

Our main issue is to trust in God. Even when it doesn’t add up. We can trust him. His ways are too high for us to comprehend. The bible has said in Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)

For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

This can only mean God has a better way to handle our troubles, the best way He knows. Our part, we are to trust in Him fully. Yes, we shall not be spared any trying moments. We shall face the most adverse times, like we are currently facing. Our help will come from the Lord, the creator of the heaven and earth.

From the soldier’s experience, we cannot understand the way God will do things. Yet, if we surrender our worries and let go our fear, He will show Himself strong in our lives.

Let’s pray: Lord of heaven, I bless your Name. Even when we are overwhelmed by life’s issues, we put our trust in You. For You are our help, strength, and hope. Lead us to a rock that is higher than us. For the glory of Your name. For those among us struggling, Lord remember them and may your face shine upon them and rescue them. May your name be glorified. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Who are you listening to?

Slightly before the Covid struck our country, we had what seemed to be our last men’s fellowship in church. We had discussed and deliberated so many things, including a father’s evening meeting, you know those meetings where the men’s fellowship go out for a cup of tea, filled with fun, stories and candid discussions, of course it was to be a fireside meeting. It never came to pass, since later the pandemic came and put things on hold. However, as we came to the close of the meeting, our Apostle joined us, and was given a moment to bless us and give a parting shot. He began a conversation that has lasted in my heart for a while, which forms the basis of my writing today.

This is the question, “Who are you listening to?”

It’s been said that men never listen, how true or false that is, is a topic for another day. Somehow, it’s just us. I think our ego has a lot to play here. This takes me back to the story of Adam, the first human being on earth. He was told to take care of the care of the garden of Eden. While he was there, he was given the liberty on earth to eat all the fruits in the garden. Except for the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Which was at the center of the garden. What a freedom. What a gift that was. In such a place, I can only imagine what it felt. All kinds of fruits at his disposal. That wasn’t much to ask for. However, things would change, and Adam ate the fruit. Even with explicit instructions and warning. He disobeyed God. There was a blame game between him, his wife, and the serpent- who tricked them into eating the fruit. One thing that stands out was what God said to Adam. He said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it.” Genesis 3: 17.

Even with clear instructions, Adam listened to a different voice other than God’s voice. This was terrible. This caused the relationship between God and man to drift. God was not happy about it. This brought judgment, guilt and shame; and eventually death.

 Fast forward, to the modern times, with so much to listen to. We’re left with choices to make on what to listen to; who to listen to; when to listen; where to listen; how to listen; why listen.  Hearing the voice of God is easy, however, we’re so fixated, we cannot hear Him neither can we listen to Him. This is a sad state of things. Are we willing to listen to Him? Are we paying attention to what He is saying to us today? Do we have time for Him? Before the prophet Elijah was take up to heaven. He had escaped to a desert and hid in a cave, with so much happening around him, God would speak to him, in a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12-13), giving him instructions, he was to follow. Even today, He is still speaking. He is working amongst us. He is with us. His word is alive and powerful (Hebrews 4:12).

In His teachings, Jesus Christ taught us that, He is the good shepherd; and that His listens to Him, and He knows them, they know Him. (John 10:27). He has given us His Holy Spirit, (John 16: 5-15) who is actively speaking to us, teaching, warning, encouraging, rebuking us. The question is, are we listening to Him? Are we following His instructions He is giving us? We’re told to love as Christ loves; we are reminded to forgive, that our heavenly Father may forgive us; plus, so many other things He reminds us. When we’re told to worship only the Father as He deserves our worship, are we doing it? Are willing to hear Him when He speak?

Today the voice of God can be the small promptings in our spirits, the ones we tend to ignore. The little messages He leaves in our conscience, do we pay attention to them? There is a voice of God that speaks to us even when we’re busy, are we listening to that voice?

Are you bearing fruits?

Having retired from teaching four years’ ago, my dad returned home to do what he adores doing best, coffee farming. He is energetic about it! He wouldn’t need any person or thing messing with his work. For quite a while, I have perceived how he does it and why he does it. At some point, he cut down the coffee stems and left the land open, with the branches lying all on the porches. On inquiring why he did it, his answer was basic, child, over the long haul these branches ceased from bearing coffee berries and were turning into a trouble to keep up, I needed to cut them, to empower new shoots and branches to frame, and later they will bring more coffee berries. We would use the dried branches in the kitchen to light a fire for cooking.

In the book of John 15, Jesus uses a comparative guide to show what occurs in a vine plantation. Jesus says this: “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:2-6 (NKJV). Anything that doesn’t enhance the plant, the vinedresser, prunes it, that it might deliver the desired products; that are satisfying. In the vineyard of our Lord, we are required to bear fruits. We’re intended to add value and bring glory to God. Notwithstanding, on the off chance that we don’t live up to His desires; if we don’t bear natural products worth of contrition, (Matthew 3:8) we will be cut off, and will be tossed into the fire, (Matthew 3:10).

As followers of Christ, have an obligation and a duty to bear fruits. Our heavenly Father has given us all the beneficial things for the realm, and even the advantage of being called His Children; 1 John 3: 1. We are to imitate our Father in heaven. We are to bear fruits for Him, as long as we are in His vineyard. He expects us should develop from elegance to effortlessness, greatness to wonder. That we may bring Him glory to Him, from all who see us. We’re called to please God. We need to bear fruits; and if that doesn’t work, we will be cut off and tossed into the fire.

One sign of a real transformed life is the fruits one bears. The fruit of love, kindness, patience, are some fruits we’re expected to bear. As long as we are in this world, we must bear fruits, and there will be moments of cut off and disconnect. Painful as it may be, intent of the Father is to make us productive. Yes, there are days we shall feel alone. The moments of being separated from what we hold so dear and so close. It means all this to make us better. For us, to bear fruits worthy of the Master’s use.

Paul says this to the Romans 8: 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose (NKJV). There are moments we cannot see what God is doing in our lives, yet He works for the best in us and through us. Are we willing to bear fruits for Him? We may not eat our fruits, but again, what kind of taste are others getting from us? Is the taste bitter or sweet? We must consider adding value to others as the Father us helps to. To God be the glory.

Shalom Y’all.

Physician, Heal thyself!

My thoughts today, come from what Christ said would happen to Him. In Luke 4:23 (KJV), Jesus, said a powerful statement, “Physician, heal thyself.” For, He knew people will turn their backs against Him at the hour of need and they will mock Him using those words.

He healed the sick. Raised the dead. Calmed the storms. Restored eyesight. Did all that and so much more, yet when things started going the opposite way, they changed the tune. The most devastating moment was on the cross when He couldn’t help it. The statement, “Physician, heal thyself,” came to pass. When that moment came, all deserted Him. Save for His mother and His most loved disciple John.

There reaches a point in life when things are working so well, people are praising you. You have done so much for them but when the hour need comes, the darkest hour in your life, there, you are alone and deserted. There will be very few who will stick with you till the end. Those who praised you will say, you used to do this; you did that. How come you cannot do that for yourself? Aren’t you well connected? Come on, heal thyself. Come on, you are a man act up! The things that you will hear and see at that very moment will break you into pieces.

If you want to know who are your genuine friends, just be in a problem. Those that will stick with you, will stand with you. And they that will move on, they will add salt to an injury, Physician, heal thyself! Save yourself. 

I love what the Bible says in Habakkuk 3:17-19, (NKJV) “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls — Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.” It’s during such moments when things are not working out. When all is brought down and all hope seems to be gone, there is a total cut off, setback after setback. Such moments are tough to be in. You feel the world closing in on you. There is an expectation for you to save yourself. Your strength fails you. Your connections fail you. You are left alone with your God. He alone is your strength and hope. 

He makes His Mercy and Grace be with you. He will cause His face to shine upon you. You will rise in strength!

And those who said, heal thyself, will be silenced. It will render their words useless.

We’re overwhelmed

It’s that chilly Saturday morning when a chat on our high school’s WhatsApp group changes the narrative of the day. Jack had passed on. He was the silent member who didn’t talk much, just as he was silent during the high school days. He had passed on Wednesday, earlier in the week, and nobody knew about it till Saturday when the chat came through. The most confusing part, at first, was that it was Jack’s number that was used to alert us of the demise. Yes, the morning was cold and chilly. I was online at the time, just before I could depart for work.  It was the last thing that I could ever think of reading in the morning. My day just went flat. This is how things are happening when we least expect. 

The daily unfolding of events right before our eyes; when you switch on the T.V, you’re served with very disturbing news of something happening in our society and around the globe.  There’s no simple day around us. That notwithstanding, the demands of this life, I tell you, are difficult. With mouths to feed, bills to pay, deadlines to meet, the struggle to keep it real, is heavy. With all the displays social media has for us. It’s not that easy. Each of us has a burden to bear, not forgetting the status of the economy. The demands and the expectations are way above. Trying to figure out how it shall be and balancing it with what ought to be done is not a walk in the park. Recently, I had a phone call with a friend. The caller was telling me of how the pressure he once experienced, while he was working with a financial institution, almost drowned him; thank God it never went opposite for him.

We are faced with all kinds of challenges that overwhelm us. Some of will hide. Some will break down. Some give up and quit the race. Others opt to end this life and meet their Maker. Yes, we are overwhelmed! From the book of Psalms 61:2, it reminds us of this: “From the end of the earth I will cry to You. When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to rock that is higher than I.” The words from that verse have been a powerful prayer for me. I cannot figure out how to navigate life’s drama and crisis. They come as a flood. Before one is over, another comes in, and the cycle seems to continue; Fight after fight. It’s difficult. When the world is shaking and unsure, we have to stand firm grounded on the rock-that is Jesus Christ. He is higher than us. He is our strength and our refuge.

There are days when we feel it’s not working. Yes, we wake to that day and you feel, “no, this not the day I longed.” We all wish if such a day could have a skip button, we would all skip and go to another better day. However, I’m reminded of the verse in Psalm118:24, the bible says this, “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Yes, this it’s the day that the Lord has made, even when it’s not making any sense. At the end, we shall come out victorious. One person said, the darkest night lived until tomorrow with will soon be over.

In such a moment, it’s best to wait upon the Lord, as He gives strength to the weary, and He increases strength to the weak. They shall run and shall not faint. It’s my hope and prayer, that all things will work together for the good, for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose (in Christ Jesus).

New starts!

One of my favourite moments is in the morning. I get to capture the sunrise on camera. It’s something I have done several times. Mostly, captivating is the beauty in the sky at the horizon.

Each morning signifies a new start, a new day.

Yes, there are challenging times when we don’t want to wake up and face the day. Yet, there are days when it dawns, it becomes the best day of our lives. I am reminded that each new day is unique on its own.

The writer of Psalms said that, this is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. (We used to sing about it), as long as we have breath, we can choose to rejoice in the Lord for a new day, to be alive once again.

Each morning brings a new start.

May each day bring a blessing for each one of us. Let our spirits be renewed and may our strength be restored. May each morning be filled with hope and joy. Where there is darkness, may the rising of the sun bring light and warmth.

From the rising of the sun, to the going down of the same, May the Lord’s name praised.  Now and forever. Amen.

A letter from me to you

Dear Friend(s),

Greetings. I write to you, the reader of this message. You Maybe near or you maybe far. We may have met or not met. Yet, we are friends by the fact that we may be interacting, in one way or the other. Afterall, the world is a global village.

I write to you and even to myself. I may not know what you are doing, or even going through in your life. Even I myself, I do go through seasons of tough moments and of great moments too. That’s how life treats all of us. There are mountains we have to scale up and valleys we have to go down. Flat plains and dry lands. We go through sunshine, rainy days. We go without. We go with.

People come and go. Today, you are here, tomorrow, you are elsewhere. That’s how life is. Today we laugh, the next day we cry. We rejoice and we mourn. We get hurt. We rejoice. Disappointments come and go. At times we are right, others we are wrong. We all pass through seasons.

There are those who have. There are those who are in dire need. Its life. I write to encourage you. Yes, it may have happened in your life things have at one time gone wrong. Your expectations went unmet. Your heart broken. Dreams crushed. Deals lost. Loved ones gone. Painful memories.

There were good days too. When things were in your favour. Smiling all the way to the bank. Rejoiced at great victories. When we won. We ate and drank. We merried. Yes, were at our best. Business was at the peak. Great profit margins. That’s how things go.

Probably, you have related with what I have written here. No matter what has happened in your journey in this life. May you remain to know, God loves you so much. He has kept you all along to show you more greater love than anyone else in this world.

My heart goes out to those mourning the loss of a loved one in anyway. May the peace of Christ be your strength.

Them that are celebrating, I rejoice with you.

May the LORD be praised for everything and every moment of our days here on earth.

May the grace and peace, of our LORD, be with you always.

You are loved!

Yours truly,

Mundear

HOLD MY HAND

One of the moments I have come to enjoy in my life so far, it is when my son (7 months) and I are together. He is turning out to be very active and playful at this very age. Those moments are so precious.

As a father, as he enjoys his moments with me, I have to hold him carefully rest he falls, when he stands. He is very weak to stand on his own.

As Jesus Christ was having His final moments with the disciples, He told them this: John 15:5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

As human beings, we have gone or done things without acknowledging that there is someone who is holding us through it all. We quickly rely on our “own” strength to do or move. When we plan our schedules, say we shall do this, we shall do that, even without the help of our Father in heaven. This is very dangerous.

Our own strength is fragile. We are weak on our own. Just like a baby that cannot stand on its own. We too, cannot make it on our own. We all need help. We all need strength. Even the strongest in our midst, they too need strength from God, through His son Jesus Christ.

We must never forget, our help [cometh] from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. Psalms 122: 2 Only Him can help us to stand, to stay, to rise, to sleep, to eat, to work, any activity we do under the sun, we need God’s hand.

As Chris Tomlin says in his song, LORD I need You, “Without You I fall apart
You’re the one that guides my heart
Each one of us will need God’s presence and hand in each of everything we do.

For those of us who haven’t received Jesus Christ as their LORD and Savior, it is the high time to do so. Life without Jesus Christ, is vain. Yes, we may work, live, do business and do so many things in this life together, however, what will matter most is if you have accepted Jesus Christ to be your LORD and Savior. For you cannot do anything without Him.

In your prayers, please ask the LORD hold your hand. That He may guide you. Walk with you. Keep you safe from all harm.

When Peter (Simon) walked on water, the bible records that at one point he lost focus and he started to sink, till he called upon the LORD who held his hand to keep him from sinking. Today, we too can call upon LORD and ask Him to hold our hand. To keep us from perishing.

May the LORD hold your hands.

Hear the Word of GOD

In ancient times, in the land of Israel, the Syrians had become a thorn-in-the flesh. It became very apparent they would fight against God’s people on a frequent basis. During the times of Elisha, Benhadad and the Syrian army, decided to besiege Samaria, a city found in Israel. This move caused the entire city and its environs to experience a very severe famine. This could only mean that, the supplies of food, water and any other resource, was limited. Businesses was brought to a standstill. No form of aid or trade could pass into or out of Samaria. The Syrians had besieged the city. I bet life was so hard there. In case there was an emergency, say like someone was sick and was in a critical condition, and was in need of medical attention, it would be hard to go out of Samaria. Benhadad was laying in wait outside the city.

The events became so hard, that people even ate their own children…..Ouch….. Wait a sec… what did I say? Yes, there were two women who went to the king for justice, having agreed they eat their babies for supper, but in turns. Things got thick when one declined. They even ate dove’s dung for their upkeep. Samaritans were held captives in their own land and city. Don’t we experience this in our homes and nation? When we the external forces come to besiege us. We live in fear. We cannot trust our village mates and even work mates. We live in fear we may be attacked. Benhadad has laid in wait for us. Our thinking becomes limited. We cannot get help from the leaders of the day. We get this kind of replies, “And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee?” David said, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where does my help comes from? My help comes from the LORD, the creator of the heavens and earth.” All was not lost, Elisha was around. It grieved his heart on learning things had escalated to a great extent. How did he miss the updates? There was no news reaching his desk. As a prophet, how could he be so behind with current news? It was until the king sent out his messenger to summon Elisha. The king was so furious, Elisha had brought the epidemic to the land and he went hiding. How could he do such a thing and then go missing? The king could not understand. He demanded the head of Elisha. All this time Elisha was sitting at his home with the elders

Elisha was brought to the king. Yes, things have been so thick. He comes with the good news. Elisha was composed. Yes, the LORD has spoken to him. There was hope. Elisha begins his prophecy, “Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus says the LORD…..”  Without a care of what happened, the LORD had spoken, and it required attention and careful listening.  It required all due respect to listen to what God said, through His prophet. It wasn’t Elisha’s own version, the LORD had spoken. He continues to say, “Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” Finally, the message was delivered. It only required them to wait till the following day.  However there was point of objection from the king’s aid, he had this to say, “Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” What did he just say? Did he just despise the LORD’s message? Did he object what the LORD had spoken through His prophet? Isn’t more grievous to despise the word of the LORD? The word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword…. Even if things were thick, it didn’t call for him to say that against the LORD and his prophet. Doesn’t the word of God say “believe in the LORD and His prophets and you will be established?” Here comes the king’s aid with all his logic and reasoning to despise what the LORD had said.

Without wasting time Elisha replied, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” Another prophecy. Where did it come from? Elisha? From God? Reason behind it was, someone dared to despise the LORD and His word. At times we object to God’s word and say things that will cost us. We let pride set in and without reason, we say. We act. Or fail to act or listen.  We should not despise the LORD’s sayings. Rather we should ask the Holy Spirit to give us insight and bring to light, help understand the word of God. Jesus Christ promised us this, However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” One thing I know about the Holy Spirit, He will give a clear understanding of the word of God if He is involved. Should we ignore the Holy Spirit, we do it at our own peril. When things go wrong and we ask God for direction, we must be diligent to listen to God’s direction and not just dismiss what the LORD has to say. The word of God is true. It lights our paths, and helps us make decisions in regards to what we ask. If we ask the Holy Spirit to give us insight, He will gladly give and help, comfort us and give us peace. For He does not speak on his own accord, “for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” Despite the moments, let us allow God speak to us and let the Holy Spirit guide us.

Blessings y’all.

 

 

 

 

 

RAHAB: A life transformed

Within the mighty walls of Jericho, there lived a lady, whose main job was to sell her body to merchants and people of means, and not just anyone could enjoy her services. Her name was Rahab.

At a distant land, far beyond the river Jordan, Joshua was busy planning how to besiege the city of Jericho. They had a limitation, the city of Jericho, was fortified with a great wall that could allow two chariots pass each other (at the top) at the same time, from different sides. A plan came into mind and two spies are sent to spy on the land of Jericho. They had to gather intelligence, they had to apply the SWOT analysis (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) and yes they had to gather all that info, and submit it to the commander in chief of Israel’s armed force- Joshua.

Joshua, this time was cautious, he hand picked only two people, a different set of people, if you recall the time of Moses, had sent the twelve spies, what happened. The spies set out, to gather intelligence and since there were no lodgings over those places, they had to find accommodation for the time they will be there; they landed at Rahab’s place.
As I stated, Rahab a high class prostitute, she dealt with the who is who, and the spies had to find a way to get into her house, they posed as traders and merchants from the far lands and due to the nature of the business, they had to spend their time relaxing themselves under the care of someone who knew how to handle such matters and Rahab was the one.

I think Rahab, had seen a golden chance of increasing her finances, maybe the business wasn’t booming, with the sun “burning” everything. And here comes business, how could she refuse? Unknown to her, the guys were actually spies ready to gather the city’s intelligence and in preparation for an impending attack. They get down to business, they spies do the introduction and they reveal their identity and mission. They tell her that they are coming to destroy the city and they came to spy.

Rahab is taken aback, she gets a shocker, and she starts to see a burning city. What will she do? Will she tell the authorities? Will her business have any life line? What will happen to the fame she had? Wait, she had a family, what will be of them? Her parents, siblings? It’s scaring. Noting the fame of what God did to the kings of the lands, where the Israelites had passed through, had reached Jericho and they couldn’t just take chances. It was more worrying that they will pass through Jericho and it had to be brought down. Thought after thought and she comes with a light- a-bulb moment. She agrees to house the spies on condition, they spare they spare her and her family, they all agreed. In the meantime, information of the spies’ presence was leaked and the entire city was ganging up at Rahab’s house furious. How could she do that treasonable thing? Allowing spies to dwell in her house? Were they agreeing to jeopardize the security of the city?

Rahab successfully hid them, and at night the spies escaped. Just like that? Not really…. They had to strike a deal. Rahab risked to have her family killed. And she too risked her life as well. They agreed on the terms and conditions, and she marked her calendar, there was a red scarlet to be hanged on the window, on the initial day of destruction.

Life continued for Jericho, with security being tightened, that week, the king addressed the city dwellers; they should be vigilant and report any unusual behaviors and matters that would raise suspicion, and would compromise the city’s security. The day of destruction came and Rahab was to assemble her family under her roof, and they were to stay there, or they would be killed as the rest of the city came under an attack from the Israelites. Things get thick and Jericho is brought down by shouts and singing. Yes, the mighty Jericho was no more, save the house of Rahab the prostitute. Her family and herself, were saved, from death and destruction. This was because she hid and saved the spies.

The kind of work that Rahab did at Jericho, had not place in the lives of Israel, it was a sin whose penalty was death by stoning. It was a serious crime to play harlot in ancient Israel, but due to her kind heart and she saved the two spies from death, she was spared and her family too. Many years later her life is changed and she gets married to Salmon, who later gets Boaz who later marries Ruth, this is in the family lineage of David the king, and our LORD and savior Jesus Christ.

Notable, her name appears in the New Testament under family tree of Jesus Christ. God transform a person who is considered to be an outcast, and a wretch. Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me…. This is where grace comes calling. Judgment was upon Rahab’s life, the only thing she deserved was death. Either by sword or by fire or stoning, you name it. But mercy said no! Yes, Mercy triumphed over judgment; just give her one chance, just once. Let her live. And it works. She is listed in the family tree of Jesus Christ. Most of the people we see as outcasts, God can transform their lives and they are completely changed, their names are forever changed. The old has gone and behold the new has come. Rahab’s life is a perfect example of a life transformed.

Blessings y’all.

 

 

GREATER LOVE HAS NO MAN THAN THIS.

There was a group of soldiers, who went for war, and it happened as they fought against the enemy, they took cover inside an abandoned old building, that they may strategize on the next move. Unawares, the enemy they were fighting against saw them enter the building. The enemy took advantage and threw a bomb set to explode while the soldiers were inside.  Upon seeing the bomb, the soldiers were panicked and confused wondering what to do next, and since they were a unit, it meant they were all going to die, and by the time they all left, it would have been very late. Time was running fast, the bomb had no safety pin, even if they could disarm the bomb, it could have been very late. Everyone panicked more as this meant a dead-end for all the soldiers. However, in their midst there arose one soldier who came out and threw himself to the ground and covered the bomb with his own body, as it exploded, it blew up the soldier into pieces to the shock of everyone in the room. The soldiers’ lives were saved by one by an act of self sacrifice and selfless. To me, this was an act of true love and true meaning of friendship. A man offered himself to die, so that his friends may live.

One of the most important gifts God has given us in our daily lives is the gift of friends. Yes, they are important. We don’t realize that till a friend is gone and live with deep regrets. Yes, they come for a reason, season, and others lifetime. True love in friendship involves being there for the person you claim is your friend. This is demonstrated by the story of Jesus Christ when He was crucified, which remains a very great example for us to follow. He came from heaven to earth, showed us what true love means. He took the burdens of people, at the command of His word, diseases were healed and people became free indeed.

There was the time, when our enemy the devil, wanted us for himself, He caused sin to enter and a curse to be upon us. Yes, we were subjected for judgment and so death (was) passed upon all men (Romans 5:12) All hope was gone, we could not escape the wrath, hell’s fires were waiting for us eagerly. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23.) We needed help, and not just help, we needed redemption from eminent death. The death sentence was pronounced and the judgment passed. Then out of nowhere, someone comes and says, yes, they did wrong and for sure they deserve to die, but I will die on their behalf that they may live. That’s when these words came into being, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5: 8) There was nothing else needed, Christ died on our behalf. Oh how wonderful, that’s all that true love needs.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15: 13) He laid down His life, for our own good and wellness. He showed His love by leaving His father’s kingdom of peace and love and power, in heaven to come to this world of sinners, people subjected to wrath and condemned by our disobedience towards God.  What manner of love the Father has shown us. He took our diseases, and bore our iniquities, that we may be right and reconciled with God the Father.  Mercy triumphs (ed) over judgment. Wow! That’s all that we needed. Death sentence withdrawn, we were set free from judgment and today we have the freedom- freedom beyond measure.

As the song writer once wrote, “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grief to bear, what a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.”  Jesus is this friend who cares for us, He laid down His life, to die, suffer and face rejection, go through all sorts of injustice that we may be found right with God. His love for you and me is still intact and today He is calling you and me: to repentance that we may be forgiven of our sins and get right with God. Jesus paid it all. What else do you need, the world will offer you nothing but distress, and vanities. Come to the savior, and make no delay.

Final thoughts:

 We too can demonstrate our love to our friends and family and the world around us.

Be careful

Recently, I watched a soccer match (football) between Zamalek fc of Egypt and Enyimba fc of Nigeria, the game ended in 1-0 in favour of Zamalek, who I think took advantage of home ground. Notable, was that during the first have the teams had not scored against each other. After the break the game restarted, and things changed, in favour of Zamalek, Personally I am not a fan of Egyptian team, thus my support fell for Enyimba. Apparently, Zamalek started piling pressure to the Nigerians and eventually Enyimba yielded to the pressure and they were penalized for handling the ball in the penalty box. The Egyptians scored with a very powerful spot kick which the goalie watched with the mouth wide open, never moved an inch. Poor Nigerians. The game ended in favour of Zamalek with a solitary goal, which in my mind was conceded due lack of concentration in the match and yielding to the pressure, rather than containing it.

In this life there is so much to do and yet there little time to do all the things. Each of us is under immense pressure and we have deadline to meet, mouths to feed time to spend with family, expectations to fulfill. No wonder, at the end of the day we feel beaten, lost and worn out. When will this end? Will this cycle ever end? If things like this occur, what are we to do? I felt, being urged and led to share this lesson with you. We have to be careful with the way we live, yes, there are the troubles and the pressures of this life, but my friend, we have to be careful and remain vigilant. Or else the enemy gets us off guard and we shall be penalized for sleeping. In the epistle of Paul to the Ephesians, chapter 5, verse 14-17, Paul says: “Wherefore he saith, awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light.  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

Apostle Paul calls out to all believers that we must live carefully not to be asleep, or unaware of the happenings around us and urges us to wake up from slumber, the LORD has given the light. It’s no longer dark, no longer business as usual. The pressure is too high, we cannot afford to slumber. Remember the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 13:25, But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.  Quite worrying to see the trend of things unfolding, while they slept…. The enemy took advantage and planted tares among the wheat and left. How sad for the body Christ to be found sleeping. Wonder why there is a lot of sin in the church, why is there hate in the church. We forgot that while we slept the enemy came and planted seeds of discord, caused division, brought competition; people stopped seeking God but rather seek the treasures of the world, rather than store their treasures in heaven where thieves cannot break. The enemy has scored against the church. We’re paying dearly for being in slumber. Time to arise from sleep is now.

Remember when Cain was angered by His sacrifice, the LORD spoke to Cain Genesis 4: 7: it can be bright with joy if you will do what you should! But if you refuse to obey, watch out. Sin is waiting to attack you, longing to destroy you. But you can conquer it!”God sees there is a sin waiting to destroy Cain and offers a solution, that he should obey God and watch out. On our part, the same case applies, we cannot afford to disobey what God commands and fall asleep, and yet to live a victorious life.

Final thoughts:

We must awake, be alert, for the devil is like a roaring like a lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5: 8

Shalom, may the LORD of peace be with you all.

He Knows the best

warning

I work in a retail shop where we deal with various customer issues and sales, and as we do our daily job, we happen to meet various people, some old and others young, others tall, and short, men and women, all of various walks from different corners of this country. Today, I happened to have had a very interesting customer, a one year old girl who seemed to enjoy the freedom being on the floor. I had not noticed her at first, only to have my attention drawn to her and I quickly befriended her and at first she was reluctant then she eased up. Being the tall guy I am, and her being very small and tiny, I could read her thoughts (I assume) she even became comfortable being in such an environment. She was in the company of her dad and mom who were being served. The dad noticed the movement of her daughter and was curious about her movements and saw she was being shown around.

At one point she stood at the door looking outside and seemed to be tempted to walk out as the people who are walking in and out are doing. At the entrance of the shop there is an air conditioner the blows in and out the air to keep the air in circulation and at times it gets dusty and cold, very few people and withstand its blowing. The baby couldn’t stand it either. Thus I was forced to limit her movements to go out. Now this did not go well as she returned to her parents. This recurred a couple of times till the father decided to carry her in his arms. I explained to the father why she can’t stand at the entrance. The father nodded in realizing that I was the protection of her daughter against the current from the air conditioner. The daughter really desired to go out, but neither the parent nor I could have allowed it to happen.

The above scene comes to relate with us as human beings. When God created us, He wanted us for Himself and loved us with an everlasting love. One attribute of God is that He sees the end from the beginning, (I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. Isaiah 46: 10’) not a single thing is hid from Him. He is the creator of the ends of the earth. He knows and understands the dangers that surround us each moment, and also sees the end of it all. He says to us, don’t go beyond this, for you will be in danger and you are putting your life at risk.

He is like the loving parent who tells the child not to do what is wrong, and not to go beyond a certain limit. We, as His children tend to be rebellious and don’t want to be told what to do and want the freedom to ourselves. Thinking we’re right and He is wrong. Allow me to point out: everything God does is right and He is never wrong, He makes no mistakes Psalms 145: 17 (msg) Everything God does is right – the trademark on all his works is love and in Deuteronomy 32:4 (NIV) He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. The much God warns us and tells us not to do and go, He is right about it and as I pointed out earlier, He loves us and wants us for Himself. He created us to worship Him. He once said through prophet Isaiah that if you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. Let us not harden our hearts and be obedient to our maker, for He has good plans and thoughts about us. He is loving and kind.

God bless.

            ~SHALOM~

 Yours truly,

Mundear ©2015

The scar

the scar

On the back part of my leg, between my foot and the knee, there is a scar that takes me back to childhood years. The scar came about when I was in class two. As boys, we loved to swim at a nearby stream, near the school I was. So on this day it wasn’t anyway exceptional, we went swimming. After swimming, on our way home, we had to pass through the school’s fence to cross over the other side of the road. On this day I got scratched and wounded by the barbed wire, and it hurt my leg a lot. I tried my level best to hide the scratch, my mother never noted as I treated it with some traditional herbs, and it worked. It took time to heal the wound as I kept on re-opening the wound over and over again. by God’s mercy the wound healed and left a SCAR, that is visible from the back, however its only me who knows what happened, not my parents nor my friends. I know I have a scar!

It’s been past two decades since the scar occurred. I had even forgotten that I have a scar, on my leg. This brought the memories of my childhood and the pain I went through. I can’t help notice that some of my friends have scars which are clearly visible, meaning they passed through horrendous moments than mine. This too, reminds them about their plight and pain they went through when the scar came and couldn’t leave any more. It’s a permanent mark till their last breath.

Even as you read this, each of us has a scar, that brings memories of happenings in their life years back, maybe for some of us it’s very recent. For us all it brings painful memories, we wouldn’t want to go back to our yester years. The pain, the anguish, the cry and the suffering that brought about those scars.

One fact that remains however is that life goes on. No matter what has happened in our past life has to go on. Whether we like it or not, life must go on anyway.  We’ve met incidences where our lives have been hurt. Injured and betrayed and left to die. Life has dealt with us a hard blow… this reminds me of Naomi the mother in law of Ruth (Ruth 1: 20) she says Call me not Naomi, call me Mara, for the Lord has dealt very bitterly with me.) Naomi lost her husband and the two sons, while in Moab. And here she is coming back to her home town, Bethlehem- Judah, the house of bread. It was very painful for her, and she felt worthless, noting that she will never have any grand children. The reality of being alone without the care of the husband was very unbearable. Her life was not going to be the same again. She could not have any children anymore and here she is hurt and a scar formed…..

The scars are not very pleasant, they are a sign of imperfection, I’m sure most models love to hide scars on their faces, for they are ugly! And whatever caused the scar wasn’t anyway pleasant. Scars serve us with very unpleasant memories and also memories which are very pleasant. Unlike the birthmarks, which are easily loved and cherished, the scars are not easily displayed.

Each of us has a scar that we don’t like displaying. The memories of what happened, flood our thoughts, we shed a tear in regret, and for others we do smile and grin for it brings fond memories. Yes, life has dealt with us, so hard we can’t help but say we’ve been there we have a past we’re struggling with, pain of separation from our loved ones. The unmet expectations, the betrayal from our families and so much that has hurt us. We all sigh with unbelief, wondering how we could ever make this far….Like the writer of the “ Psalm 94:17, unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence… and Psalms 124: 1, If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say” we’ve all reached that point. The scars won’t just go yet, but we’ve moved on. Whether or not we have them.

The Lord God has been with us and has held us with His hand. Has seen us through, forever by our side. He has been God with us- Emmanuel. He will never let us go. We’ve all been told that time heals, however, it’s not the time that heals, its God who heals,  He sent His word and healed our diseases  Psalms 107:20 He sent His word and healed them and delivered them from their destruction; Psalms 147:3 He Heals the broken in heart and binds up their wounds.

Never be ashamed of the scars that life has left you with. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed, you endured the pain and God has healed you. It is God who has brought us this far. It is not by our strength, it is God being with us all along. We can say like Samuel who said this: “Heretofore the Lord has helped us (1 Samuel 7:12)

God bless y’all.

~Shalom~

Yours truly,

Mundear © 2015

ARE YOU AND I READY TO GO?

My experience 1:

Today my friends and I and an opportunity to travel to a different county and witness a handing over of an office in our church; will share about that at a later post.

The scheduled time to leave was 7.30 am which I was okey with. I took time to get things in order and by 7.30 am was on standby ready waiting for the other crew to pick me up and travel.

It happened that we had to be delayed for an extra on hour; reasons being there was one of those we travelled with was late to arrive so we had to wait. I did wait as I got to listen to my favorite music.

In my mind I had no doubt about the journey, despite the delay. When the time to travel came, I left my house in a hurry (left one of my lights on: hope my bill won’t be scary) excited that its going to be a great day, away from the usual happenings.

Just as I went out of the gate to my apartments, I felt reminded on that which we all (born again) are expecting to come, the return of Christ Jesus, that when He shall come, we shall leave our possessions, what we cherish most, toys, gardens/parcels of land, houses electronics, everything we own in this world, even the money, (which we become stingy with) and meet with our maker. Lots of thoughts came to my mind, questions I’d love to ask, maybe I can get answers from you, are we ready for the coming of our Messiah, seems He is delaying to come, however are you and I ready to leave this world.

I could not go with all my house stuff including clothes, electronics and books (I carried my phones and bible). I felt it was a light journey, relaxed along the way, till my destination. Are we ready “for the call” to take us home? Or are we clinging to our “lovely toys”?

A song writer put it: “this world is not my home, am just passing through” have we made this world our place to live forever? I don’t mean we don’t get blessed with earthly stuff, however, we can’t cling a lot on the treasures of this world, in fact the bible teaches us that we should hide our treasures in heaven, where no moth, rust, or thieves can be found. yeah, we live in an apparent evil-demanding world. Crime is on the rise, lives being lost is a norm of the day, our only treasures can be found in heaven. Matthew 6: 19-24. My major issue here is; how are we getting ready? This life is a journey, where each of us has a place we’re headed to. No one will take all we have on this world with them, Job says, naked I came, naked I will go, Job 1:22. We must get ready, ready to go, this world is not our home, we are just passing through, If you and I get this in our minds and hearts, then life can be one pleasant journey, without baggage.

No matter how things seem to be, just be ready to go. Christ is coming soon, and very soon Christ is coming.

God bless y’all. Shalom.

Yours truly,

Mundear

life and death: are in your hands

One day, in a village somewhere, there lived an elderly man who was known for his wisdom. People from all over would come over to listen to this elderly man here and seek his wisdom. He was of great fame. The elderly man would outside his hut and an audience would gather to listen from him. Now, in this residential village, there were lots of young children too, who most of the times were playing in the fields. Amongst those children were two naughty boys who decided to pull a fast one on this wise man. Knowing very well it will bring his fame down; they captured a butterfly and took it to the old man. One of the boys posed a question; in my hand I have a butterfly, is it dead or is it alive?

The elderly man thought to himself, and clearly he was out smarted by the boys. Lots of thoughts came to him. He could not utter a single word. In the mean time the villagers started gathering noting there was something curious going on with the elderly man. And after a while the elderly man wiped his sweaty brow and grinned with excitement, could he have found the answer or why would he brighten up like this.

The elderly man, cleared his throat as if to give a speech and said to the boys, ”if I say the butterfly is alive, you will crush it to death, and if I say its dead you will let it spread its wings and set it free.” The boys never saw that coming, as it got them by surprise.

Going to the moral of the story, it is that the power of life and death is in your hand and my hand too. You and I know clearly that if we can let something live or we can let it die. Just like the boys here, they could have let the butterfly free. And this translates in our daily lives, what we touch can either live or die, it all depends on us.

In our places of work, are we always pushed around so that things may happen? Or we must have the bosses next to us so that we may work and complete a task? I know the world we live in is demanding and yeah, tough times are here with us and so is life did you ever know that we must work in order for us to eat and sustain our families as well? And if we don’t work and put an effort we’ll end up starving to death. You and I must put life into what we do.

As we are told in Ecclesiastes 9:10; Whatever your hands finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave where you are going, there is neither working no planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. Which means we are all in transit and we must work, and not working for the sake, but we must do it will all might, add life to it, for there is a common place of all of us here in the world are headed to, the grave. As we do it, remember we are not just doing for ourselves we are doing to the Lord, as apostle Paul says in Ephesians 6:7-8: serve wholeheartedly as if you were serving the Lord not men, because the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

As I wind up, you and I, have a role and a task assigned to us on a daily basis, we are required to put life and we don’t, it dies and so much loss will be encountered. Lesson we must learn today is: Life and death are in your hands. It’s up to you and I.

Love and peace y’all.