This is a very popular topic among christians and all people generally. It’s really hard to come up with anything new and really original when speaking about victory because generally everything has been said already. Fortunately I am not a prolific writer so there is no pressure there amongst other writers. I would like to share though that I have noticed that the theme of Victory, usually attaining victory is a very constant theme in my life. Every morning I basically have to determine and remind myself that I have victory over the many challenges that the day faces.
Most of the time I only remember that I am victorious at the start of the day when I am asking God to give me victory over the day. Then come day end I look back to see how I did. Some days I do well and some days I don’t do so well. What I’ve realised though is that there are few days when there is a consciousness of what is really happening. Its like I pray God help me to remember subconsciously that I have victory. I wonder though if that works. Surely if you are going to gain victory you need to be conscious of the battle you’re fighting. So there comes the challenge. If I am going to say that my strength is in God but am not aware of whose strength I am using during the day have I really lived up to the word? And when the bible says ‘not by might nor by power but by My (God’s) spirit..’ and then I don’t acknowledge or even call upon that Spirit, surely I am making that word redundant as well? Someone might say, ‘duh you can’t just blindly go through the day and not take the scripture with you.’ True it is only logical to engage with scripture(act) but then so many of us do the exact opposite. Lets actively get onto the other side of Victory by engaging in the battles that we are fighting. Just a thought!
Backsliding, straying, messing up slipping up, there are so many ways to refer to it really. In any case it is very real and more often than not we do find that somehow we have moved away from God. He seems like a distant person somewhere and you really wish you could get to know Him once again. Sometimesit’s not really that you have been caught up in something major but somehow the relationship seems to have just gone cold. I find myself there and the prayers have become,
Lord Help me to know you once again.
Help me to feel that love that passion that we once had.
Bring me to tears once again with your love,
Humble me with your wisdom and thoughtfulness.
Fill my mind with the fragrance of your Grace once again.
Let your living waters flow over me once again.
Give me back that hunger and that desire that once burned within me, for You.
You seek and really really want your relationship to be restored. Sometimes it doesn’t happen in a day as I have just experienced. It’s actually taken and is still taking some effort from me. Its like trying to get that special someone’s attention once again. He is there, I have no doubt that God is there with arms wide open and still burning with love for me. I need to feel it once again. A pastor once said that what kept him in love with his wife were the prayers he prayed for her. So as I pray more and more I find that it is coming back. I get reminded of what He has done for me. In turn…, today He dropped a scripture in my heart that was so encouraging for me. It was really special. It was like that little note you get at the beginning of the day saying, “I love you and I want you to have a great day!” Simple… but full of thought, from someone who knows what is happening in your life and just wants you to know that they care!
So even if I have slipped behind a little, I can still seek Him, romance Him and be romanced right back, because He loves me and forgives me through His faithfulness. Love Him.
Tell it to your children, let your children tell it to their children and let their children tell the next generation (Joel 1:3). God has commanded us to tell the world. What do we tell them though? In the book of Joel a plague of locusts had come God was instructing the people, through Joel, to speak about what had happened. In many parts of the bible the Lord commands His children to speak about what happened. To preserve the story of what happened so that the coming generations would learn and so that they would have the right perspective. We have a responsibility to the generations that are to come. We have a responsibility to our children. So that they would learn from our mistakes, so that they would continue the good things that we have done, so that they would worship God. We need to pass the information on and thus making every single one of us a teacher. To him who much is given, much is required. It really is not a small responsibility. We need to speak and to keep speaking, to write it down. Whatever it is that God has told us, we need to pass it on. You don’t have to be a pastor or someone with some really great anointing, you just need to be willing to pass it on; to the person on the street, that person you meet in the bus, in your office, wherever you get talking to someone or wherever the opportunity arises.
We are responsible for the generations to come.
I found this talk that Thandie Newton gave to be thought provoking. Escpecially with regards to identity and how identity is assumed. The first thing that struck me is that she actually sat down and analysed her situation and to understand it and propose a theory. I believe there is some truth in what she is saying and I also respect that it is a theory. I especially like the way she identified self.
We are living in an age where there are a whole lot of theories and ideologies that are floating around out there. It really does become hard to decide which one you should take. I don’t blame anyone really who decides that they are just going to live their life and forget about the whole meaning of life and the purpose of it. There is one problem with this though, and that is that we as human beings are created for a purpose. Whatever you may believe that purpose is and whatever religion you believe in we are created for purpose. Everything that we do in our lives is geared towards fulfilling some purpose and when we feel like we are doing that we begin to feel right. Take a look at Maslows hierarchy of needs. At the top of the pyramid of needs is self actualisation. Maslow suggests that after an individual has met all their needs self actualisation is left. I’m not sure exactly how Maslow interpreted it but then I believe that self actualisation is a need that is always there. It begins to be more prominent after fulfilling all other needs because there are no more distractions. To me self actualisation speaks of reaching a stage in your life where you are now solely seeking to fulfil your purpose on this earth. So we are always looking for the answer and today there are many proposed answers out there. If you know what you believe and why you believe in it then all the proposed theories and religions out there should not be intimidating. Christians get swayed often because they have not taken the time to understand what they believe and why. Some believe that after having chosen to follow Christ it is sinful to ask why. But then that is a big problem because then when someone else comes to question your belief, you will be swayed. One thing that can be noticed in the new testament is that when the apostles wrote their letters they always spoke of the reason that they believed and what they believe in. They knew and were therefore able to distinguish any false teachings. Today some of us are afraid of finding out what teachings are out there and why they are different from what we believe. I used to be like that. I felt that to engage my mind to think of what is being said out there would be wrong and sinful. That’s crazy because firstly my ignorance to what is out there disqualified me from being relevant to my age. Secondly it spoke of an insecurity in what I believed in and showed that my spiritual foundation was faulty. God says in His word come and let us reason together. He gave us a brain, we have the ability to think reason create and all sorts of other things. Blind Faith is sometimes taken too far and we start living in a bubble. Of course the bible also speaks about having wisdom and operating in wisdom. It also tells us that we shouldn’t get involved in useless arguments. We are in the world but are not of the world.
We are called to be the salt of the earth and light to all the world. Recently I have been thinking about doors and the significance that they have figuratively in our lives. We like to speak a lot about open doors. In fact I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t like open doors in their lives. Open doors usually symbolise opportunities and breakthrough’s in our lives. So what’s the link you might be wondering? Well I realised that usually we picture doors open and light shining through those doors. In a way its like that “go towards the light” thing that they do in movies. Its great and everything! Who doesn’t want to see the light at the end of the tunnel? Well what happens if there is no light shining through the doorway? I was challenged to consider these, open doors in a different way. Why can I not be the light that shines through the doorway? If you look at it there are two sides to a doorway….. the side that you are on and …. the other side! There is definitely something on the other side and if its life there are people on that side. I am challenged to be the person that brings the light to the other side of the doorway. I believe that this is a picture of what God wants us to be as His children and citizens of His kingdom. To be people who walk through doorways and allow God to use us as lights to light up people’s lives. So sometimes because of the lingo that we are used to, we disqualify some situations as doors, because in our minds doors should bring good things to us! Why don’t we consider opportunities to bless others as open doors. Bring on the doors!
One of my favourite series on T.V. is undoubtedly Criminal Minds. I have a general love for series with criminals, forensic science and (“not sure if this is a good thing or not”) serial killers. My favourite character at the moment is Dr Reid (the skinny guy). Of course some people would think that he’s pretty lame, with four degrees and being able to read books at super speed and all, but “you just got to love Reid”.
I was watching an episode (Somewhere in Season 5), where there was some guy (unsub) who decided that he was going to unleash Anthrax on a government institution because they wouldn’t accept him in. Along the way Reid who is full of facts, says that ” scientists believe that the first time that Anthrax has ever been evidenced in History is when God caused a plague of incurable boils on the Egyptians ” recorded in the book of Exodus. To be honest I haven’t made the attempt as yet to verify that statement and I am not sure if I will. As someone who has studied science academically and has had the opportunity to relate with some Professors and Doctor’s I wouldn’t doubt that some scientists do believe this.
I will not say that it is fact because I believe that the bible is the truth and it doesn’t actually say how the boils scientifically came to be. I found this very interesting because in my initial reaction I was totally aghast. I was bristling at Reid’sstatement! Then the reasonable me kicked in and I started thinking about it. It makes complete sense that God would be the first to know about Anthrax. After all He is all-knowing and everything was created by God for God. I think what is important to know is that, this does not make God a terrorist. I’m not sure whether this was what Reid was implying or not but, his statement can be easily misconstrued to mean that (that’s if he wasn’t implying that). God does not have any evil in Him it says in 1 John that He is light and He is love. There is no darkness in Him and there is no evil. What it does tell us though is that God is obviously more scientifically advanced and since He is the beginning (Alpha) he would know more science than we do. I personally think that God is science and that all the scientific discoveries that we are making are us learning more about Him, it’s just that we have decided to call it science. I don’t know what they call it in heaven but it might just be different. Our knowledge is very limited we do not have all the pieces of the puzzle and that is why there are still so many questions in science, like how the earth was really formed. If you chose to believe solely in science then I can imagine that there would be a lot of frustration because we haven’t yet managed to piece together all the pieces of the puzzle that make up our universe and our being. I choose to believe that all that we know about science is working to fulfillment of all that is written in Genesis and throughout the bible.