Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"YOU CAN'T BE AN ATHEISTAND STILL BE ANGRY AT GOD"

I was watching a series recently and in it was a person who claimed to be an atheist and yet later on was upset with God over something. The doctor then said to her, not that he knew the Lord himself, that she couldn't be an atheist and at the same time be angry at God. I thought to myself, 'how true!'. It got me thinking afterwards that there's so many people out there who deny the existence of the Lord but are quick to get angry at the Lord when things don't go their way or when something bad in their lives takes place. It all doesn't make sense. If you truly believed God didn't exist, why be angry at Him for anything.
 
We do not realize as humans how though we deny God's existence, we show forth all the time how He does exist. We get upset with Him for the bad things that happen and are even quick to ask for His help when we really need Him. We testify to His existence all the time and everything around us does too. The breath of life, the sun that shines forth during the day, the trees, the birds, our entire universe.....speaks of one greater than us. Instead of trying to fight His existence, we should embrace it and seek forth to live lives that are pleasing before Him. Iv heard it said before, "if you died and discovered there was no God, would there be anything to regret but if you died and discovered God actually existed, then you'll be in big trouble if you failed to believe". There is no point in even going that far because like I said, we all testify to God's existence every single day. No matter how much we try to deny it. LET'S STOP FIGHTING IT.

LOOKING BACK AT 2013! LOOKING FORWARD TO 2014!

                                                            Isaiah 55:8-9

                                                             King James Version (KJV)
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
 
This year has been so eventful, with so many ups and downs. It almost feels as if its been the most eventful year of my life and the passage above I feel has been the lesson of the year. I began the year on a different path and ending the year on another. But through it all, the Lord never ceases to amaze me. Starting the year, I think my biggest goal apart from serving the Lord with all my being this year, was to get my Legal Practitioners Practicing Certificate. Yet again I can say the Lord has been faithful, because beyond even my wildest dreams I only failed one course. I experienced my first car accident, always wondered how that would be like (crazy I know). I experienced being really sick, getting a drip and all (twice for that matter), getting a pay raise, losing a loved one, making new friends, taking risks and the list is endless. All in all, one thing that I have learnt is something my mother has said to me in the recent past, "Thank God for everything because there is a reason for everything He allows to come in your life".
 
I am so grateful for all of 2013 and another lesson that rings forth in my head is something I feel the Lord has been telling and showing me throughout this year; 'TRUST ME!!!'  So as 2013 comes to a close, I thank the Lord for it all and I am going to trust Him for 2014. The year passes by so quickly sometimes but I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for me. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ACCIDENTS

Accidents have a way of putting things in perspective and making you think more about your life. I was involved in a car accident with two of my siblings and little nephew on the 8th of November. Two amazing things happened during the accident:

1. The calmness I felt whilst it was happening. I was driving and I remember thinking, "I'm going to be hit" and when I was hit," Oh my goodness, I have been hit, need to step on the brakes". I would like to think I brought the car to a stop but I know I didnt. That car stopped because the Lord had planned even before I was born that the car would stop. I was definitely shaken afterwards but while I still had my hands to the steering wheel and trying to control the car, I was so calm.

2. It's as if we were glued to our sits. My sister in the back together with her little boy hadnt gotten round to wearing their seat belts and so she hit the door but just mildly and my nephew didnt move an inch. My sister and I in the front seat were also just fine. No scratches or bruises, nothing, all of us were safe and sound.

Towards the close of day as we were talking about the accident with our mum, she said, "That's why we should never get behind the wheel without asking the Lord to protect us". This statement remained with me and reminded me, which the accident had already done, that God is in control. It's been said that the one appointment we will never miss is the death appointment. SO TRUE!!! When it's time to go, it's time to go. In the meantime, what I'm I doing for my Lord. I'm I ready to meet Him and account for my life here below? What will I have to show for it? When my time comes, I want to have lived a life that is pleasing before my Lord. To go to Him knowing that I will be received with open arms saying, "Well done my good and faithful servant". As at now, I know I am far from that goal and I want to live striving to attain a holy and pleasing life.

"CONFIDENCE YA MPEMFU"

"Confidence ya mpemfu" directly translated means, "The confidence of a cockroach". I was so cracked up when speaking to my brothers one night, one of them described someone as having the confidence of a cockroach. Even while writing this, I'm still laughing. When he said it, I remember thinking "how true!".

Sometimes as Christians we behave like cockroaches. In Zambia, I have heard it said before that if you have cockroaches in your house, it's a sign that you have food. I'm sure that isn't funny to most coz cockroaches are such dirty insects. Anyway, anyone who has had the opportunity of seeing cockroaches would agree that they have no brain at all because like my brother said, they often go straight to their death. A cockroach will enter a hot oven thinking it will survive the heat or a whole bag of mealie meal imagining that it could eat the entire bag. What often happens however is that they die.

Now this is how we tend to behave as Christians. The Bible tells us to flee from evil and stay away from all that we know to be sinful and yet we dive head on into the very thing that we know will harm us. We put ourselves to the test, behaving like cockroaches, imagining we can overcome. Going as far as quoting, "I am more than a conqueror!". How stupid of us. There is a reason why we're asked to flee and that reason is very simple. You don't need Albert Einstein to tell you the reason. No one flees from something that is likely to give them joy, people flee that which is dangerous to them. Let us not behave like cockroaches and be more careful and keep ourselves from sin. We can do so by fleeing from all that is sinful and keeping ourselves from harms way.

The phrase my have been very funny as it was being used to refer to someone but it had so much truth in it and it reminded me of my behaviour at times. Lord help me not to be a cockroach!!