Saturday, 21 March 2020

Strengthening Your Faith in Times of Crisis


It’s easy to say “I trust God” and use all the words of faith when everything is going well and exactly as you planned. When you are experiencing favor and great opportunities, you can easily say “Yes, God is good.” But how do you keep that positivity and faith in God when life takes an unexpected turn, like it has for the entire world in the last few months?

When you watch a loved one fall ill and see the light snuffed out of their eyes, how can you trust God? How do you continue to believe in his promises? It’s really hard to do this during life’s crises.

We all find ourselves in the face of battles, like the current COVID-19 pandemic. At times like this, we ask questions like, Why did God allow this? Is this the end of the world? Are we being punished for our sins? Or the most common one, will I also get sick with the virus?

Whatever questions are occupying your mind right now, I can only ask you to take a minute and breathe. Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:27, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?” I haven’t met anyone yet who can do that.

So relax; if anything, worry will weaken your immune system. Instead of worrying, we can turn our hearts to words of faith from the Bible. These words encourage our spirit through the trying times and strengthen our body.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

As we all navigate these waters through this global crisis, here are a few tips to stay positive and strong during these challenging times:
  • Spend less time listening to negative news and more time reading words of faith from the Bible. 
  • Music lifts the soul; infuse your life with some good tunes. 
  • Take your eyes off the present, and think about the good future God has for you. 
  • Obviously, practice all the good hygiene and social distancing recommended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as washing your hands often and staying away from large crowds. You can read more on the WHO’s COVID-19 webpage 
  • When you feel overwhelmed, pray. 
  • And if you feel sick, please call a doctor.

But whatever happens, continue to believe that God has a good plan for us all and he will bring it to pass. This crisis, too, will pass.

Stay safe, everyone.


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Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Choosing the right foundation to secure your life’s decisions


Have you ever heard a great orator deliver a speech? The eloquence, confidence, and ease of communication are nothing short of captivating. What about listening to an exceptional guitarist play? All you see is their hands moving and you wonder—how on earth is he doing that? But if you journey back with them in time, you will realize that all they learned were the basics, and they mastered their skill by building on these basics.

The eloquent speaker learned the alphabet, then how to make sentences and eventually went on to hone her speaking skills.
The guitarist learned the notes and finger placements and he went on to create great music. Both their skills grew on an enduring foundation

Basics, foundation, bedrock, cornerstone—call it what you will, it plays an enormous part in turning a novice into a Master, which is why we all work hard to ensure our kids get the foundational training they require from school. Education aside, what’s the basic principle on which your life is built?
What is the foundation on which you are basing the growth of your wealth and future?

Each day, you meet people who are so certain about their own strength that it forms the basis on which all their decision-making is conducted. They think they can build an empire on their own and succeed just by the sweat of their brow. And some others build their fame on beauty, finding it so easy to sway a hip and flick their hair to get things done.

Unfortunately, human strength can take you only so far and after a while, you’ll need stronger hands. In the same way, when age turns on you and your youth begins to wane, you need another foundation. At some point, foundations built on fame, wealth, strength, wisdom, relationships, fail.

So allow me to introduce you to the Foundation that can take on whatever load you put on it and stand the test of time. 

Isaiah 28: 16 — So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic”.

Other Bible verses and Bible scholars have explained that the cornerstone referred to here is Jesus. When you build your life on a foundation based on faith in God through his son Jesus, you are able to stand the test of time.

Isaiah 40 verses 30 and 31 tells us: “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.”

There will be times in our lives when other foundations like strength and youth fail, and in these tough times, only faith in God will carry you through.

Here is something to think about as you go about your day today: If all I am depending on and building my life on is something that could fail, then just how secure is this future I am trying to build?

You can turn that around by making faith in God the cornerstone of your life, the epicenter from which all your life’s decisions stem.

Related reading: Come Alive Again
 


 
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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Sparrow Love


February is defined as a month of love – a time to express just how much we care for others. While there are as many definitions of love as there are ways to express it, this is one of my favorite:

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26

This verse expresses, in a unique way, just how much God cares about us. If God cares about the birds and feeds them, then you should know that He cares about us even more. We are the creation made in his image and likeness. He took the time to create us in all our uniqueness. He understands our pains, fears and needs and cares about our concerns.

Psalm 139 verse 7 reminds us, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” God’s love is so great that He stays with us wherever we go. Sometimes when we feel alone, we need to remind ourselves that God’s presence is always with us. No matter how deep in trouble we feel, we are never alone. If you read on to verse 8, it says, “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”

You are never alone.

We have the best possible expression of love given to us as a gift in the Son of God himself. He chose to sacrifice himself for the sins of all mankind so that we could enjoy the eternal love and mercy of God. Allow God’s love to fill your heart, now and always.

Remind yourself that if God takes care of the birds, he will take care of you. Let the light of hope that the death of his Son has brought into this world come into your heart and give you renewed confidence and joy.

God’s love for you is endless, and on his Earth, you are never alone.

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

How to be the dream employee that every employer wants



Today we look at a guide from the bible on how to drive our career and businesses and it's one of my personal favorites - the concept of time and chance. Growing up my parents taught me that every time I happened to come across an opportunity to do something, I should do it well. I have since made it a point of duty in my career to find opportunities and recognize every assignment as an opportunity.  

As I grew older, I saw another side of this time and chance concept. Someone who was absolutely not the best fit for a job was asked to do it just because they were the only ones available at the time. And that taught me another lesson—not just to be able to do things well but also to show up where and when it matters.

Every employer’s dream is to have capable hands show up when it matters. There’s no point in being the best at the job if you are always unavailable. And there is also no point being at work on the day the boss needs someone to do something urgently if you haven’t learned to do your job well or if you don’t step up and take a chance.

Look back in the annals of history; many people who we have come to admire now were men and women who happened to be at the right place, at the right time, and with the right skills to make the most of an opportunity that presented itself.  The scientist who made great discoveries, musicians who created great pieces, colleagues who got promotions, politicians who ascended to power—even bible heroes that conquered cities!

So you need to skill up, step up and always show up, to make it count.


Bible Reading: “The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong but time and chance happens to them all” Ecclesiastes 9:11


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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Saved by Grace Alone


Hilda slowly drove into the garage of her home after a long day at work. She turned off the car engine, grabbed her bag and went into the house. But as she walked in, she heard her husband tell her to stop at the door. There was glass all over the floor. Her daughter had broken a vase.

Hilda felt anger rise in her. She vividly remembered telling her daughter not to go near the vase. She had taken time to explain why it was important to handle it properly and that it was irreplaceable. “Please don’t punish her.” Tim’s voice broke her into her thoughts. “And why not? Hilda retorted. Why should Hilda spare her daughter after this act of disobedience?

The answer is simple: grace, something we get when we don’t deserve it. From the beginning of time, God has commanded us to avoid doing wrong. But, we just couldn’t do that, starting with the first occupants of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve.

We live in a broken world filled with human error. We all deserve to be punished for our disobedience; but God showed grace to man through the birth and death of his Son, Jesus, as the exchange for all our sins—once and for all. As Hebrews 10:12 explains, “But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.”

This removes any doubts that we can save ourselves. Our numerous acts of kindness, while nice, can’t save our souls. The generous donations we make can’t protect us from God’s wrath. Even our religious activities are just activities.

So you can quit all the self-condemnation and endless quest to save your soul. It’s been done already. You only have to receive God’s forgiveness by faith through his son Jesus and enjoy the life it brings. Like what happened next in Hilda’s story, her daughter apologized for disobeying her mom and Hilda chose to forgive her and not punish her for it. As written in 1 John 1:9, “But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away”.

Now that’s grace, simply defined.

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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

2020 Vision

Wishing you and your loved ones clarity of vision in 2020, that you would know God's best plan and paths for your lives and that you will follow it.

"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." Isaiah 30:21 (NIV) 

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