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Does Your Family Lineage Really Matter ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿ‘ด ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค”?

Hey there!

Hope you had a blessed and fruitful week indeed! Well I thank God for my life even as I spent most of this week unwell and had to take time off work. The headache still present as I type this but I know my God is faithful. I guess that is what is called encouraging yourself in the Lord ๐Ÿค’๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‰!! So here we go! Karibu sana (You are welcome in Swahili)

As I finished the Book of Ezra in my personal reading, I felt the Spirit move me to proceed to the New Testament instead of the next book of Nehemiah. It was a push to help me also appreciate the life of Jesus on earth just as I have done with the kings and events in the Old Testament. So obedience was a virtue that needed to rise to the occasion ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜Š!!

Did you know that there were 42 generations from Abraham to Jesus? Distinctively, there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to Christ…Matthew 1:17.The first chapter of Matthew clearly details them by name. Moving to chapter two and three only made me more curious and thus took me back to chapter one, specifically to the genealogy of Jesus. There should be some significance to this list as it begins the history of a new era. A new dispensation of the impact of the Son of God here on earth ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™!!

It was quite conspicuous to me that the end of each set of fourteen generations, began and ended with such a significant happening or descendant. The first set began with Abraham, the Father of Faith and ended with Jesse, the father of King David who was the man after God’s own heart. The second set began with David and ended with Josiah at the time of the exile to Babylon. Remember King Josiah was the one stated in 2 Chronicles 35:18 as: The Passover had not been observed like this in Israel since the days of the prophet Samuel; and none of the kings of Israel had ever celebrated such a Passover as did Josiah, with the priests, the Levites and all Judah and Israel who were there with the people of Jerusalem. He was key to many reforms in his time and the Book of the Law given through Moses was found during his time. The third and final set began with Jeconiah (Jehoiachin), son of Josiah and ended with Jesus Christ.

It is without a doubt that God orchestrated this list for His glory. Yes, it does point out that God is in control of our lives and He knew us before being created in our mother’s womb but what else does the list show us? That God’s ways are better than ours. Yes, what else? That He is the Creator and Giver of all things; that He is mindful of man despite our failures; He still works out a plan for our salvation. That it was never a mistake that we were born in the family lineage we currently come from, whether evil or good, whether rich or poor, whether famous or unknown, whether religious or not. Rahab was the prostitute in Jericho who aided Joshua’s spies to bring down its walls and she became the great great grandmother of David. Am sure you heard a preaching of Rahab by now but that is not entirely my focus in this post.

What is the message that the word of God exactly trying to pass across by deliberately listing down the family lineage of Jesus Christ even before it details his birth and life? After reading this post, it confirmed my thinking that genealogies were important to Hebrews as it served as identification for them as Jews and the related inheritance of their specific tribes. I now recall Ezra 2:61-63
61 And of the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai; which took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called after their name:62 These sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood.63 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and with Thummim.

Yes, it was that serious then ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š!! What of today? Do we know our ancestors past our grandparents names’? Of what importance would it be to know your family lineage? It is vital to note that the ancestry line of Jesus was not full of perfect people. Not all of them had their lives detailed past the mention of their names. Your family lineage does not have to be perfect, for me it matters that it is a line. That is what stands out for me. Let the line of history exist whether of good people or not. As long as I am confident in God’s wisdom in placing me in that specific lineage, then I choose to remain hopeful. Hopeful for significant happenings in my lineage. Hopeful of the future. Since I have no control of my ancestor’s actions, my heart believes in hope for my descendants.

God is my witness of the number of times I have prayed for my generation who will come before me one after another until the day Jesus comes. That is how far my faith and my eyes see. I see my descendants being used of God way after my death and the lineage will never be cut even after the last trumpet call ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™!! My purpose in life will transcend from generation to generation, all the to the glory of the Author and Finisher of my faith. My purpose needs therefore be combined with actions to keep this hope alive. Tragedies will come for sure but the victories will definitely override the pain and loss๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ!! What do you desire for your descendants?

Am amazed at how much grace has been released for me as I type this on my bed this Friday morning. Read a Biography on Queen Victoria and Lee Kuan Yew, great leader in Singapore yesterday and I guess their resilience is rubbing on me. It may also be my current reading of the expeditions of Alexander, the Great of Macedonia which inspired me so very much this morning. Hope to write a post once am done. Was actually tempted to repost a previous post or share another blogger’s post but God is faithful!! Thank you Jehovah Rapha for your healing over my body. Am grateful for you are ever watching me to ensure your word that you sent fulfills its purpose in my life. You have brought me from this far, my Ebenezer and greater is my future in you Oh Lord. Thank you for being my Heavenly Father who never gives me a stone when I ask for bread or a snake when I ask for fish. After all is said and done you still remain to be God.

Am a lover of tea and need I mention the main ingredient of milk is vitalโ˜•๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š!! So the kitchen is where am heading next after clicking “Publish Now” on this post. Thank you for your time. God bless and see you next week Friday๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‡!!

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The Huge Man With 12 Fingers and 12 Toes………!!!

In studying the Word, I got to 1 Chronicles chapter 20. Reading this full chapter which consists of just eight verses (yeah, I know very few, further detail necessary so as not to puff myself up as so spiritual ๐Ÿ˜‰…this is really for my own good!!…let those with eyes read in between the lines!!), what pulls me into deep thought is verse 6 and 7. 6 In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each footโ€”twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. 7 When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, Davidโ€™s brother, killed him.

I mean, this man had an extra finger on each hand and extra toe on each foot. Occasionally, I have seen someone with this occurrence on one hand or one leg but not in all. Why did God create this man so? In addition he was of great stature. Please remember that this battle took place at Gath, the same town that Goliath came from. Yes, that same Goliath you know that was defeated by David...some little ululation there please!!!!!!!!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ

As I type this words, it is amazing how I can create hyperlinks to the Bible without hesitation. Am literally saying to myself if it is written in God’s word, then you can take it to the bank. My apologies for diverting but I need to express what I feel right now. I feel this assurance that comes from just simple faith. We were not all there when the writings were made or even the decision to arrange the books in the order that they currently are, leave alone choosing what books should be included or the titles/names of each book. It is only by faith that I have this confidence that my Sovereign Lord was in charge of the whole process for my sake. To guide me when I needed Him. To offer a place that I can hear from Him when am in need of answers. He is such an All-Knowing God that He foresaw this need in me right now right here. How grateful I am…How loved I must be. But even the more humble I need to be to request for an increase in my faith as He is the founder and perfecter of it.

Given the long paragraph, you can tell I express myself better in writing…at least I know that!!๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜„

Okay, now back to this huge man who was in the same town that Goliath (nine feet tall) came from. Given he still wanted to fight David and his men, I doubt his parents gave him a bedtime story to help him learn what happened earlier, you know!!!๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‰. He should know people ๐Ÿ˜‰, especially the ones that he should not have dared to fight. Because they were likely to kill him…not with their physical strength but because of the special favour and anointing from the Creator Himself. And just to display this fact, this huge man was killed by Jonathan,David’s brother and not even David himself.

For me, this first speaks of how David’s anointing spread to the people who were on his side and especially those who fought for him which meant fought for the God of Israel. The huge man had taunted the people of Israel which meant he had troubled the people who were chosen by God.

Ever heard of how one would want the blessings of one person to rub on them on the basis of them hanging around such a person? Or how families can get reluctant to seek God just because the mother of such a house is so prayerful and God fearing? Well I know I sometimes fall in the second category. I cannot reiterate more how I am very much aware that my mother’s prayers have contributed greatly to where I am in my life and the far I will go. Despite the need to work harder on my own spiritual walk, this is one factor of the little success in my life I can never ignore. Thank you Mum!!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’– #MothersDay

So far, we have two examples of people using their “higher” positions to positively influence those under them. And we also have an example of a person who used his “higher” position to bring pain to those they viewed less privileged. I am still trying to figure out why he even needed twelve fingers and twelve toes in the first place. The rest of us have ten each while others have less and our lives are still very much okay…relatively speaking! So why did he need twenty four?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ™†

Anybody with answers?? Don’t forget he was also a huge man meaning more physical strength. Okay, I will stop with the questions and suspense and pretense that I have the answer myself. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know…why do I ask the questions if I do not have the answers myself? Well, I do not have answers par se, but rather just my two cents. So here it is!!

The focus for me is not why he had to have the extra features unlike the rest of us, but instead my interest is more of what he did with the privilege or power that the average man does not have. There are so many unanswered questions as I write this post and even more by the time you get to read it, that even the brightest of scientists have no solutions to. In addition, there are questions that need answers that no one on earth has even thought of asking. So I will not attempt to try and understand God’s mind as it is unfathomable.

All I know is that just like Goliath, this huge man, whose name was not deemed important for us to know, went fighting smaller people instead of choosing the winning side and supporting the good cause. I guess they were both great in stature but poor/small in wisdom, favour and anointing. Which one would you choose? Great physical endowment or God’s favour? At least I know there is no choosing for me as the physical endowment part was not in my answer choices..๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‡

Okay, am serious now ๐Ÿ˜ ..what are your strengths? Remember SWOT analysis?Strength..Weakness..Opportunity..Threat..? There is need to evaluate ourselves and see what areas in our lives give us a relatively higher position of power/skill to accomplish certain tasks. And afterwards, the need to use these endowments in a manner that does not harm others, which I find very vital while fulfilling one’s purpose.

I now need to stop typing..am almost at a thousand words but you can guess by now am in a really good mood today. I must confess am in a place of complete surrender to God’s will for my life and have let go of the driver’s wheel. This is a position that I have to deliberately come back to if I want my Heavenly Father to keep smiling at me from above. And yes, I have to get back as often as possible given that I sometimes tend to deceive myself that I can drive to my life’s exact destination using the right path. Driving I can, but definitely not in the way that my Omnipresent God would desire!!..and at this point am itchy for an emoji to fully express my gratitude to God’s grace and mercy in my stubborn moments…hehehehe!!

How I pray that this post has stirred up your thinking. And may I be counted faithful in using this “higher” skill not to harm you but encourage you in your path and pray you get closer to fulfilling your own purpose as much as I ought to with mine. May our legacies be more than four sentences in the history books…may it include our names and our works for the sake of humanity๐Ÿ™!!

God bless. See you next week Friday. I have had so much fun writing this one ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜‰!!!

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I Will Not Work Anymore…๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿ˜‰!!!

What would you say to living and never having to work? To be in that position where you own everything you desire but never having to sweat for it. Can you picture that? Would you want such a life?

Started with lots of questions to help me know where you lie with reference to this topic? Feel free to start the read again and honestly examine yourself on the basis of the questions I posed….the key word here is honestly!!๐Ÿ˜Š. I mean it is just you thinking and answering so you could as well be honest with yourself ๐Ÿ˜‡.

Okay, now that we are done with that, how about a life of extreme labour? I mean you work day and night, in cold and hot weather, everywhere and every time. Just to console you, you do get everything you desire as above, the only difference is that you have to work really hard….extremely hard. Who would want this???I, for one already have a bias for the first paragraph set of questions.

Do you remember the parable of the prodigal son? His elder brother got so angry because of the party held for his sibling, his lost and found brother who squandered off all his inheritance. He just couldn’t understand how he could be the one working so hard and someone else just comes and receives so much appreciation….which was never done for him.

The focus of this post is more on the older son. In his own words, he expressed that he was slaving for his father. His attitude and mentality towards all the work he did was similar to that of a slave. Despite being a legitimate son of his father, his identity was really misplaced. A slave as we all know has no right of ownership to his master’s property. The job description would be one and one only…obey all the instructions. And this is what the older son confesses to doing fully.

What would make the eldest son of a rich man feel like a slave? It is obvious he did not know his rightful position in the family tree. Even after the youngest son left with his inheritance, he still continued working with the mentality that he was a slave to his father.

Many a times I have felt the emotions of the older son. I focused on deeds to gain my Heavenly Father’s approval. A path similar to that of a perfectionist in an aim to obey all the ‘orders’. This led to a personal struggle with self condemnation and guilt every time I fall short yet there is really no one perfect…NO ONE!!

I focused on a path that would only lead to disappointment. Disappointment in no one else but myself. Why would I do that? Why would I beat myself up yet there is nothing that can ever separate me from the love of my Creator.

What if this parable was about the eldest son squandering his inheritance and the youngest son worked really hard? Then this parable wouldn’t pass the message it was meant to. It was deliberately set that the youngest son misuses all the wealth given to him while his brother remains home with his father.

The eldest son in most societies stands as the likely successor of his father’s title and heir to the family’s wealth, property and riches. By never leaving his father, the eldest son represents the believers who are already called to be heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.

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Both the older son and I had one problem. We did not know who we really are to our fathers. How are we to know our rightful place? Well we just needed to have a small chat with our father. From the parable, to me it feels like the older son never had such a discussion with the father. His father seemed to feel it was really automatic/obvious that his eldest son knew of his position in the family.

Do you think that would have made a difference if this conversation happened much earlier? Maybe! I will not talk on behalf of the older son or anyone else because in my personal experience, I have had to have this chat severally. Yes, I have heard it before but somehow life together with the devil have fervently tried to shake this foundation. And it is in such moments that God sends people my way to remind me of what His word says.

God’s word through the Bible is the only sure way of anyone knowing who we really are. It is that conversation between a child and his father. So who are we as believers?

  1. We have the right to be called children of God
  2. We were chosen before creation
  3. We are God’s creation
  4. God knew us before creating us in the womb of our mothers
  5. Our lives are hidden in Christ
  6. The world does not know us
  7. We are all one in Christ
  8. We are the Body of Christ
  9. We should no longer be slaves to sin
  10. God does not make us timid

Absolute great reminder to myself in this journey. God bless and see you next week Friday ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™‚

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The F Word – This Post Is Only For Me!

This is the hardest topic for me so far! I have had an intense struggle within my spirit about what to say. I feel scared and ready at the same time!

Ready to speak, ready to explore these feelings and find out what it’s like on the other side of this tunnel. They say curiosity killed the cat…well this cat has eternal life which is set to begin after the end of the nine lives.

They scream out “No” but I choose to push on. They get hold of my hands and try to pull me back but I loosen myself from their grip and forge forward. I choose the light of my Saviour above my emotions!

They say I am not safe and cannot trust anyone but I keep walking. They say I will be judged and no one will truly understand me. I hear them scream louder but I choose to focus on the light I see ahead of me. The louder they scream the greater the indication that they are actually losing the battle…beware of the kicks of a dying horse!!

The light is stronger and the path is becoming clearer. The more I move forward, the less I hear them. The force ahead of me seems to deem down the voices behind me. And after all the struggle, I finally get to the end of the tunnel. And this is what I see.

“It is much more agreeable to offend and later ask for forgiveness than to be offended and later grant forgiveness” a statement by the Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

I look at the statement and start evaluating within myself all the times I have been offended and have had to forgive and the times I offended someone and had to offer them forgiveness. I will be honest with myself when I say that I agree with the Philosopher.

Why is the former so difficult? Why do I feel so justified to stay angry and bitter and sometimes revengeful? How come it has taken me so long to forgive those I once considered loved ones?…are questions that I ponder through.

Jesus himself evidenced this in the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant that my choice is very much a reality. It caught my attention that Peter was the one who prompted this with a question.

His choice of brother or sister to me indicates that conflicts are not to be considered so foreign in believers’ fellowships, especially their own families. He actually went to Jesus with the number of times he thought was reasonable to forgive them. Curiously enough, his question focuses on how many times the brother or sister sins against him and not the vice versa.

The beauty of this parable to me was the way Jesus responds to Peter. He does not start with a rebuke or judgemental comment on how Peter should know better. Even despite the conclusion of the parable bearing great consequences on him and the rest of us.

This parable told me that am indeed human. A human with selfish intentions. A human who only wants to take the path of personal gain. If not, then there would not be so much talk of loving each other and finding our purpose to benefit the rest of humanity.

One thing that helped me through this tunnel is not to bother looking for justifications for my hardened heart but rather first accept that I can actually be unforgiving to those who wronged me…am only human!

Just because it is written in the Bible and am a believer does not mean I automatically become so perfect. Even more, I personally would want to do the opposite…at least Paul shares the same sentiments!!!

Take a few seconds and picture yourself peeling off a ripe tangerine or banana. Do you see the color? Can you smell the sweetness? That is how I felt when I got to the end of this tunnel. A person who was already so ripe inside but the hard coverings (unforgiving heart, anger, bitterness, negativity) served as a great hindrance to my full potential….my full purpose!

It took me time and sometimes I still do cringe at the mention of a name. But one thing is for sure, that I am committed to running this race. And if that means doing what the Good Book says, then let it be so.

If it means that I have to confess the places I feel that my human nature cannot make it, then I should allow God’s grace and mercy to take their place…this I must confess, is in most cases more than I can actually count.

Today, I have no pictures in this post. As I had mentioned, this post is only for me๐Ÿ˜‰. I do not need pictures to remind me of where I have come from. All I need to do is press on the rewind button and a movie series will be set before me!

My commitment to my Heavenly Father is to tap into the power of the Helper that was sent to me as I await my Saviour’s return. To ask Him daily what I need to do to please my Creator..make Him smile!

And not only acknowledge that Grace and Mercy is available but allow them to work in me. To allow them to remind me that I am not perfect and I will never be…the word to focus here is “allow”. I have heard of these words over and over again but I needed to let them into the deepest insides of me.

I needed the reminder not to be too hard on myself on this perfection business. Reminder that I have failed before and will fail again and again. And then accept that there is hope for me. Hope that has been there for over two thousand years!! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜Love this!! May I always hear this song!

I will conclude this piece by saying the Grace. And now, “May the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Love of God and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us now and forever more! Amen!”๐Ÿ˜‡

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