Just my heart

A few days ago, while I was doing some shopping, I happened to listen to a line in a song that was on the radio. The guy was singing something along the lines, “I’m in love with what you can give me”.  The world and all its associates are just interested in what they can take from us, as the Bible calls them, they are “ravenous beasts” (Psalm.57:4)

Our mindset sometimes follows that worldly pattern where we think that Christ is after what we can offer, so we run around making all sorts of sin, burnt, peace and praise offerings. We think that we have to do something to please Him. 

“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” – Isaiah.64:6

“But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” – 1 Samuel.15:22

Here’s God saying, “I’m not interested in all the stuff you do, I just want your heart, your devotion…” and us thinking there’s got to be more than that… 

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things. But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.” – Luke.10:42

Mary chose to sit at the foot of Jesus, while Martha run around trying to juggle many things. 

He simply just wants our heart, then everything else will fall in to place. 

This song by Casting Crowns summarises it well…

Secular dictatorship

You say countries run by dictators have little or no freedom of speech or practising their faith. Well it’s true, I come from such a country where you are not entitled to have a different view point or worship and express your faith freely.

Coming to the west, I thought I would have the freedom I once longed for in a closed country. As I progressed through school, college, university and work however, I have noticed how secularisation has dictated over democracy; where freedom and tolerance have been double defined. We are at an age where teaching Religious Studies in schools is not necessary but an option and being debated whether to completely be stopped. How can young people make a choice if they don’t know their options?

Describing C S Lewis’ struggle with secularisation in his book – Pilgrim’s Regress, Ravi Zacharias explains, “handcuffed by the spirit of the age, not free but bound…how absolute freedom, can actually become a form of bondage in itself…”

Dr Zacharias continued to explain, “When secularisation has its full run at things… it will ultimately cease to have the ability to define distinctives and could ultimately produce a generation without a sense of shame.” A generation without a sense of shame! A generation so lost that it follows what it thinks/ feels is right! But surely there is one, single truth we ought to follow. Now we have reached a time where modern secularisation is stopping us from seeking that truth under the claim of tolerance.

Looking around us, what do we hear and see? “Do not speak about God, lest you offend somebody”, Nurse suspended from work for wearing a cross, another one fired for offering to pray and encourage the brokenhearted”. Where is the freedom? If we are not to offer the life giving gift to our neighbour, then we can question whether we are directing towards human robotisation.

Sometimes I worry more about the west than countries ruled by known dictators, for the slippery road is more subtle and dangerous in those that claim democracy. For when they forget the very Biblical foundation they were built upon, they are heading on the route to destruction. May God have mercy.

Only ONE of YOU- ever!

socialfeed-info-if-you-are-still-breathing-it-means-god-is-not-finished-with-you-yet“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:14

When God creates something, He doesn’t make duplicates, each person/creature has their own unique identity that makes them special. This means God doesn’t use the lazy copy+paste function, He places great value and care in each creation He makes, down to the molecular level. 

Now look into yourself. Every detail of your body, your mind, character,  your situation, where you are and the skills and flaws you have. Try to find someone who is exactly like you… Before you go any further, don’t waste your time, there is none. You are you and there was no one and will never be someone like you. Because God made this unique DNA code packaged with your name written over it. The day you were born, you entered the world with a special mission that only you can accomplish. Now your 1st task is to find what that mission is and secondly to accomplish it. It may not be major things like being a president. It could be just encouraging people, showing love to those around you or helping the poor. Yet, small changes mount up to  massive miracles.

Many young people suffer with depression and suicidal thoughts as they struggle to find meaning for their lives. They become driven by feelings and not self control and will making them volatile. Young people have so much potential to do great and awesome things, take the example of Joseph, Samuel, David and Daniel. Knowing this, the enemy has taken over those precious years for many and they struggle to go through those years without the need for pharmacological support. It’s really sad to see many youngsters on antidepressants and antipsychotics. 

Why am I writing this? Because as young people we have failed ourselves, our families and our nations. We ought to bring change, yet we find ourselves being moved by every wind of fashion and ideology that blows our way. We do not have unshakeable values that we are deeply rooted in, so we often find ourselves with the answer “I don’t know”, … I don’t know what I want… I don’t know what to do… I don’t know how to respond… We are a generation that’s fed lies with the screens of mass media and social networking sites on how we should feel about ourselves and who they think we are. And, unless we really know our identity, those lies will continue to consume young lives and eventual have fatal consequences with many unaccomplished missions. So next time you try to look or act like that some-body, remember that You-nique-body God has created you to be. 

The Bible says, 

  • You are the apple of God’s eye – Zechariah.2:8
  • You are engraved in the palms of His hands – Isaiah.49:16
  • He knows even the number of hair on your head – Matthew.10:30
  • You are a chosen generation – 1Peter.2:9
  • You are God’s co-worker – Ephesians.2:10
  • You are Christ’s ambassador – 2Corinthians.5:20
  • You are…. to know more about who you really are, read the word of God, the Bible. 

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13 

Joy, joy, joy!

The month of July has been busy with so much joy that I haven’t experienced in a very long time. I truly felt God’s blessing shower over me as I partook in a summer re-union from my church back home (that rekindled my glimmering hope) and graduation. In all this I sought to glorify God and for Him to be seen in my life, regardless of how well or how bad I perform, because I am confident that my identity lies solely on Him. What a joy! No matter how much goodness and joy we experience in this world, it can never compare to the joy that awaits for us in heaven!!!

Just to share something that God taught me during the re-union. I went with an expectant heart that God would speak to me and on the first day, He did! A song by Casting Crowns – “I have a dream for you” was playing. It was the first time I was listening to this song but it really spoke to my heart as I really was anxious about what lay ahead following the completion of my degree. Isn’t the Lord wonderful?! He is never late nor too early, but just on time. He is definitely worth trusting because He is Ebenezer my God who brought me thus far and will carry me till the end.