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Faith to Climb

Maybe if the mountain you want moved isn’t moving – God wants you to climb it. Maybe if the sea you want parted isn’t splitting – He wants you to walk on water.
God has good things to show us from the mountain top. He wants our faith to grow so that we trust Him more! When we decide to walk on the water – with every step we will see a miracle!

Choose To Be Faithful

When God created everything – He gave man dominion – the responsibility to rule the earth. Everything still belonged to God, but man was supposed to manage it. We were unfaithful in our task. Because of sin, unfaithfulness increased in the earth and is still increasing. All the problems we are experiencing in the world are because of unfaithfulness.
We can change that. We can start being faithful in small things. Recognizing that all we have – our ministries, our families, our businesses, our lives – belong to God – we are called to faithfully manage these things.
Jesus reinstated our authority through His death and resurrection. But we still have to manage faithfully.
It’s our choice – will we be faithful or dishonest?

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” Luke 16:10

Freely You Received, Freely Give

We need to breathe to live, but if you only ever take in oxygen and don’t expel carbon dioxide, you will die. It’s not healthy to only take in, and not give out – inhaling and exhaling shows that you are alive! In our very design God is showing us that we were created to receive and then give out.
We receive so many blessings from the Lord, but if we just hold on to them and we don’t bless others in return – we will be unhealthy.
Freely you received, freely give. Matthew 10:8

Success Formula for 2017

I keep getting a lot of emails from different sites I just browse through and then delete it but I found this one from Lead Like Jesus by Phyllis Hennecy Hendry very useful for making me think and act. I have taken just as it is from their website and shared here. I hope many of us will be blessed reading her article. God bless her and whole Lead Like Jesus Team.

Success Formula for 2017

Have you been pondering what is ahead in 2017?  You may be aware of some opportunities and challenges ahead, but you know there will be unexpected ones too.

Joshua knew that too as we read in the opening chapter of the book of Joshua where it says, After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: Moses my servant is dead.  Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them – to the Israelites.

This verse has always made me pause. 

Moses led 2 million plus people out of slavery in Egypt and continued to lead them for forty plus years.  Who could follow Moses as a leader?  They have now mourned Moses’ death for thirty days and Joshua is then appointed the leader.  If this is the only passage you read, it might look like Joshua “suddenly” became a leader.  It might seem like he was an overnight sensation!  But here is the rest of the story.  

The Command

Joshua had been an assistant to Moses since his youth.  He was 40-years-old when he was part of the duo with Caleb that was sent out to explore the land of Canaan.  He encouraged the people to take possession of the land because God had promised it to them.  It was noted that Joshua followed the Lord wholeheartedly. He had served Moses faithfully and now a new season of leadership would begin for Joshua. 

Reality had been defined: Moses was dead, but there was still work to do; they needed a leader.  Joshua was chosen. He was not given a few suggestions at his leadership appointment ceremony.  Joshua was given one strong command repeatedly: Be strong and courageous. Joshua had been around long enough to know what was ahead – being strong and courageous might have seemed overwhelming if he looked at his circumstances.  But God was so good to tell him the most important thing for him to do in verse 8 when he said: Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.

The Formula

Below are four lessons from Joshua that will help make your 2017 more successful no matter the opportunity or challenge.  Please read and apply:

  1. Follow the Lord wholeheartedly.

Even as a young man Joshua took God’s Word seriously.  He believed the promises of God so much that he was ready to be obedient to do what God said.  Joshua did not step away from situations out of fear because he trusted God.  

Your heart determines your leadership.  It is in the heart where we decide to fear or be courageous.  I love the following quotes from my pastor, Richard Smith:

                Courage is a duty.  It is a duty that is grown in a heart that has learned to trust God.

                  Fear is a sin. It is a sin that is grown in a heart that has learned to doubt God.

  1. Serve where you are until God changes the assignment.

Joshua had served Moses almost all of his life.  He had not only learned what to do through his years of serving Moses, but he had learned why they did it.  Joshua had learned to keep the law and now he was appointed to be the leader of a nation – the general in every battle and the leader of the government.

Your current assignment is the sacred ground God has given to you.  It doesn’t matter what the task is; you are there on His assignment to do and to be His representative.  He is always preparing you for more.

Your current assignment is the sacred ground God has given to you.

  1. Believe God’s promises.

Joshua was given great promises to help him stay strong and courageous.  God told him that He would give him every place where his foot stepped and no one would be able to stand against him.  God told him that He would be with him and that He would never leave him. 

The promises God has made to be with us, to never leave us, to give us the desires of our hearts are just words if we don’t believe them to be true.  We can believe those promises and more because Scripture tells us that “no matter how many promises God made, they are “Yes” in Jesus” (2 Corinthians 1:20).  Joshua had to believe God’s promises to be strong and courageous and so do you.

  1. Mediate on God’s Word so you will do what it says.

God was clear with Joshua that the way to be ready for the challenges ahead was to know God’s Word so he might understand it and have it ready in him for all situations.  It seems that becoming the general of a great nation, serving all the people of that nation, maintaining the work Moses had begun and completing the work might have excused Joshua from studying God’s Word.  Joshua had been given a great trust of leadership and mediating on God’s Word was the one thing that God said would make him prosperous and successful. 

If meditating on God’s Word would work for Joshua, it will work for you.  God’s Word is still your best book on life and leadership.  When you spend time meditating on God’s Word, there is a much better chance that you will become more like His Word. 

 God’s Word is still your best book on life and leadership.

In what ways are your opportunities and challenges like Joshua’s? How will you respond?

-By Phyllis Hennecy Hendry CEO of Lead Like Jesus. taken from: http://www.leadlikejesus.com/blog/success-formula-2017 (accessed on 8 Jan 2017)

ABCDEF of our Life

Interesting Read!

Mathematicians say LIFE is like a line segment drawn from point B to point D. 
What is point B to point D?
It’s from point of Birth (B) to point of Death (D).

So life starts from the moment we are Born (B) until the Day we Die (D).
the middle of B (Birth) and D (Death) is a mysterious C.
What is C then? It is CHRIST.
If we put Christ in the middle of our life (Birth—>Christ—>Death) our life will not end at D but extend to E.

What is E? It’s Eternal life.lifeeternallife

 So all those who put Christ in the middle of their life have Eternal life after Death.
But those who do not put Christ in the middle of their lives don’t have Eternal life after Death but they have F (Fire).
Definition of Life for Christians:
B——>C——>D——>E
Birth   Christ   Death     Eternal Lifehell
Definition of Life for Unbelievers:
B——>D——>F                                 
Birth     Death    Fire
Anyone that avoids C must surely lose E.

For references, please check the ref:
1John5:11-13 Acts4:12 nu john5:34 Rom10:1   john3:16&17 Rev20:11-15

Author: John Nkurunziza

 

What you did right over what you did wrong

Have you noticed how we as humans always remember the wrongs we have done or others have done to us? We tend to remember more of the negatives than we do the positives. I think part of it is because of the way we were brought up and we often keep doing that with children, we tend to focus on what they didn’t do right over things they have done right even if it is small. So we grow up fearful of making mistakes and of having no shame over condemning people over the wrongs and mistakes they’ve made which ultimately only feeds our own self-righteousness.

Even after coming to know Christ and his love for me, I came face to face with his love for me (us) all over again. Each day I asked Jesus to show me where I’ve gone wrong, what I didn’t do right and no sooner had I asked this question yesterday I realized, that Jesus is not interested to talk to us about where we’ve gone wrong and condemn us but infact he wants to show us where we’ve gone right- right in following and loving him that day and he is interested in encouraging us. Things we did out of selflessness for him and for others, even the tiniest and smallest of things like picking up a trash thrown by others yep! He will remind you of it. The moment this realization entered I broke into tears as I looked upon the awesomeness of Christ’s love for me- his children. He knows every detail of our lives, our darkest thoughts, actions and deepest hurts and secrets yet he loves us.  As for disciplining and teaching us, he will convict us of our wrongs and do so ever so gently that we can’t help but continually be transformed into his likeness, that’s our God! When we have received such great love, how can we keep it to only ourselves?

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners”- Romans 5:8 New Living Translation (NLT)

Learning to worship

Being given the opportunity to lead people into worshiping our awesome God is such a privilege. But ever since I was given the opportunity to lead people into worship, i’ve had my ups and downs. There were times when my week of leading worship approached, I would suddenly fall sick or something would happen that would just throw me off emotionally distorting my view of the truth. Leading worship was becoming like a homework that I disliked, a job and a difficult one. I was told that worship is not about us at all but about Jesus, focus on him and the more I tried to do that the less I understood about worship. I was more focused on myself and the surroundings than the one I was worshiping! Each time I led there would be familiar and new faces in the congregation and I would be so easily intimidated that I could barely open my lips to pray out loud, I thought I could not hear God so finding verses to read in between was like sitting for an exam, trying to figure out what would be the right verse. Worship to me for a very long time was about preparing myself and trying to get tuned to Jesus right before my week of leading worship and it didn’t matter how i spent the rest of the week otherwise. And after each worship i would be worried over what people thought or felt about the worship and soon this was becoming tiring because i was too bothered by what people said or felt or didn’t feel. There was clearly something missing.

Things started to change when I had to leave my job, I was so torn apart in terms of my self esteem, I no longer felt like I was good at anything and I remember once praying that Lord if there be one thing that I’m good at, let it be worshiping you (we’re all made to worship) and I’ve just turned to God to teach me how to worship him ever since. Being aware that the strength, wisdom, resources etc to do something ALL of it comes from God. We’ve all been created beautifully, so he works in each of us uniquely, He teaches and disciplines us uniquely. So I’ve noticed that even the way of leading worship is different from person to person while we’re all worshiping the same true God. Though we may be reading articles and blogs and learning from our fellow worshipers on how to lead worship (which is very helpful), I think the best teacher we can turn to is Jesus himself.

Being in the position to lead worship means letting go of the self, total humility, submission and obedience to God, it has also kept me on my toes so to say, to never lose sight of the real purpose in my life- to know, love and serve God. Because only when I apply this to my day to day living, thinking and doing will I be able to hear and understand the heart of the Father. I’ve come to understand that leading worship is not at all about the songs, instruments or the amount of quiet time or bible study you have done during the day or week (ofcourse all of these is important) but what are we doing with the word of God? How are we spending our days? where is our heart? Complete submission to Jesus and recognizing the importance of His presence. And above all, knowing that every day is a new day, God works in fresh ways, there’s always something He wants to tell us each day and so while worshiping just completely rely on the leading of not your mind or your feelings but of the Holy Spirit. There may be something in particular that you wanted to focus on or pray or read or share with the congregation but you can set that aside when you come to worship God not forgetting to welcome the Holy Spirit in leading you in worship for only He knows the heart of the Father (1 Corinthians 2:11- For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God). We must learn to listen, obey, recognize His voice, wait on God and set aside the self. This could mean adjusting the songlist, being flexible to add in a spontaneous song or a new song that God puts in your heart then and there.

Having said all of this, i still have my days of not being able to focus, not being able to hear, wanting to disappear on a friday night through saturday (not be in the position to lead at all), days when my pride gets in the way and each time i’ve been brought face to face with the fact that we’re all here being able to do what we do only by the amazing grace of the Father and that’s what makes us go back to worshiping our God all the more! Regardless of whether i sang or played or led well, felt good or unwell, whether i prayed and worshiped half halfheartedly or wholeheartedly, the simple truth remains- God loves his children and will pour out his love on them regardless of how the worship leader leads, it’s about HIM and not the worship leader anyway 🙂  The realisation of this has given me so much peace, humility and ease when it comes to leading people into worship.

As i look back on my journey in learning to worship, it just amazes me how when in times of weakness and brokenness, God just waits on us to take that small step towards him, just a sigh of surrender is enough for Him to surround us with his presence where there is fullness of joy. How He floods us with a fresh confidence and life when we declare His sovereignty and goodness even when we don’t see it, how when we take that step of obedience He fills us with joy which translates into our strength. I see now how worship leading is only a result of leading a life of worship of the one true God.  The journey continues…

If you’ve got a story of your own, would love to hear them! Let’s stay encouraged.

 

 

Searching for God’s heart for you

The last one year has been truly so wonderful that i can barely type all of my experiences but here’s one part of my story 🙂

I had a very challenging time at work a couple of months back. The experience got me thinking and doubting who i am and what i was worth. It was a moment of silence between me and God as i walked and conversed and looked for answers. I remember months back asking God to show me his heart for the organisation that i was working in, his heart for the people we were reaching because i really was at the edge of everything… and then came the  strangest of answers –God wants you to know HIS heart for you. I did not get a word of what that meant and to be honest i still don’t entirely understand what that means.

Months later here i am at my desk (this was about three weeks back, this post is overdue), i just handed my resignation letter, the next month would be my last at this workplace. I have absolutely no idea what i will do, if i should even start applying for another job given the fact that it would take atleast 6 months to 1 year to find a job. I have no idea how it will go financially, i have absolutely no plans. I look at myself i don’t have a single dream, i have no wishes, i feel like i don’t have any knowledge or expertise of any kind that’s ‘supposed’ to help me sail through life. It’s a blank page in front of me. All that i ever learnt, the experiences i gathered over these few years seem to just vanish, it almost feels like i’m starting fresh, picking up from zero.

The world has told me i’m not smart enough, not extroverted enough, not good enough, not active enough and so many other things. As i battle my thoughts and beliefs, what i think about me, what others think about me, what i think of others… i am washed, i am tired, my hands and eyes finally reach to his word and start looking for what HE thinks about me. This journey of realisation has only begun, who i really am who he really is. Jesus never gives up, he didn’t give up even when he knew what he had to go through -being stripped, beaten and crucified… he did it just so i could have this moment, this moment of realisation that i am so much more than what everyone else thinks of me or what i think of myself. My life has worth because of what Jesus did on the cross.

For now i’m not worried about not having any plans and dreams or any skills or expertise, i have the blank pages in front of me and i trust God to take over the writings while i look to him to help me simply follow.

Here’s an article that i read, it has so beautifully explained what you’re really worth. 

A helping hand

As the world watched the news in horror of the Earthquake in Nepal that claimed the lives and homes of thousands on April 25 and May 11, 2015, we as the church sought ways to support each other and others any way we could. While most of us were in such a shock of what had happened, we couldn’t stop being thankful to God that all our near and dear ones were safe with little or no damages in the homes we were staying in. In the course of all the constant tremors, the KIF family witnessed not only God’s protection over all the members but also got to welcome the new one in the family- Brayden Lama, the third son of our Pastor Gyan and Chumlano. The baby not only brought happiness and joy to the family but also such hope that mere words cannot explain. I think we all had a huge sigh of relief! 😀

On May 29 and 31st, the KIF folks made our first field trip to Lapsiphedi and Nanglegaon (Sankhu) with some food materials and tarps. The place was identified when one of our members brother informed that there are a few more people who need food and tarps. So we headed to the village on a pick up truck packed with the needful.

May 29th, the team headed to the village, the place was so beautiful that everyone forgot the way to the village and almost ended up in Sindhupalchowk (another hard hit area). On the way, we were approached by a local man who asked us for some of the relief materials, we told them that we could not give him directly as this was meant for another village and that if he really needed it he could come with us where we were distributing the materials. He refused to come. Unfortunately the vehicle could not climb up the steep roads so we had to get down, as we got down those same people followed and came with knives to cut the materials and take them away along with few more others! But the vehicle picked up and they were left behind before any conflict began. Once we had reached the destination there was much argument about people claiming that they did not receive anything. We were able to get a list of people who still hadn’t got the materials and told them we would be coming next week again with the materials.

May 31st, all the materials were packed and ready to head to the village. When we reached there, the people were already waiting. This time we asked all of them to stand in a line and called out the names of those on the list. People were beginning to argue once again saying it’s the same people who got but we reminded them that this was the list that was given to us last week by them. When we told them this, they did not argue anymore. The distribution went on smoothly and we got to interact with few of the local women. Although much of the relief have been received by the people in this area, we need to remember that these are the people who have lost their homes and everything that they ever had. One lady was even saying that they did not have one single utensil to cook food in as they could not find it even when they went through the rubble. While we have in our minds the people outside the valley in other villages where more help is required, we’re taking small steps in extending our help.  It was a blessing to be of help to the people, sharing smiles and talking with them. We are a country that is dearly loved by God.

Join us as we continue praying for healing over the land and for wisdom and protection over all the organizations and individuals who are in the other districts and villages that have faced massive damages and loss.

Do check out our pictures from the trip to the village here

What are you being asked to do today?

It’s so wonderful how you can be worshiping and praying wherever you are and one of my best times have been while riding the scooter.

I was headed to work as usual, on my way I came across the part where the road was a bit busy as there were cars parked alongside the road and there was another huge car coming from one of the houses. From the opposite direction, I see a man riding a scooter and beside him was a small boy in a bicycle (who probably was his son). The son was a bit nervous as he saw all these cars from all sides, his father who was in the scooter stayed on the other side where there was more danger, he saw the car coming from one of the houses but knew that the car was not going to move so he asked his son to cross the car. I could see the fear and nervousness on the face of the little boy but without hesitation he just followed the voice of his father and he crossed the chaotic scene just fine. At that moment, a question struck my mind, what is Jesus asking you to do today?

If you picture the scene, the road was busy, the father was riding the scooter on the other side where there was more danger while the son was in his bicycle and was fully dependent on his father knowing that his father had the best knowledge about his safety. He trusted his father. The father knew that the car that was coming out from the other side was dangerous but wouldn’t hit his son so he asked his son to cross the car. Now if the son had hesitated for even a second longer, the car would have probably advanced forward and the son in his nervousness would have fallen or gotten hit. OR, there would just been an uproar of horns from all sides for the delay making the boy more nervous and give a headache to all those around. But none of that happened, simply because the boy chose to obey the voice and command of his father. He was scared (the look on his face was pretty tensed) but he didn’t hesitate he just moved right on! Now that is trusting, don’t u think?

I wonder what God is calling me to do today. Am I hearing his voice? Am I obeying his command? Or am I creating havoc by fearing, not trusting and hesitating to do what he’s asking me to do.