What Is Peace?
Often, we think of peace as a delightful blessing that we happen to stumble upon every now and again. Maybe you felt peace when you took a day off in the middle of the week to go spend time at the beach or when you heard the news that a loved one’s cancer hasn’t returned.
But peace isn’t just an unexpected blessing.
It’s also a choice.
Peace is something we can choose to walk in, even in the middle of the Coronavirus. Even in the face of a global pandemic. Even when we fear losing our jobs. Even when we worry about feeding our families.
How Can We Find Peace in Moments Like These?
It starts with turning your eyes to the throne of God. In Psalm 47:8, the Psalmist proclaimed, “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.”
Just as these words were true over 2,000 years ago, they’re still true today. God is still on the throne. He still reigns.
Pause to meditate on that truth for just a moment, friend. Despite the chaos, pain, and heartbreak we are encountering in the world today, God maintains absolute control.
Where Is God Right Now?
In Matthew 10:29, Jesus proclaims, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
You are precious to God. He knit your cells together. He chose the color of your eyes and picked the type of pair you’d have. He painted on your freckles and rejoiced to give you that “birth mark” on your back. He loves your heart and delights in the sound of your laughter.
In the middle of chaos, it’s easy to forget these facts. It’s tempting to believe that God is distant, but He’s never been closer to you. He loves you, and He loves those you love.
Does God Care about the Coronavirus?
Matthew 14:14 reads, “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”
When Jesus came to earth, one of the marks of His ministry was His healing power over every disease and disability. Some people were cured of illness by simply touching the hem of His garment.
The same Jesus who had compassion on the sick and frail thousands of years ago still has compassion for those who suffer. He still cares deeply about every sniffle, cold, flu, and virus we encounter on this earth.
What Can I Do to Share My Faith?
If you’re a Christian today, you can rejoice. You are standing in the middle of a wonderful opportunity to share your faith. Never before have people been more desperate for words of encouragement and hope.
You can sow seeds of love and grace by being kind to those around you (including those you encounter in the grocery store and at the doctor’s office).
You can show Christ’s love by refusing to hoard supplies or even better by sharing your resources with those who don’t have any. You can share God’s peace by choosing to remember God’s care and provision in times past.
Let’s Pray Together…
God, today we rejoice in Your Sovereignty. We choose to remember that You are in control and no virus, flu, or illness can enter our lives without Your Divine permission. You alone hold the power of life and death.
We pray for those who have been affected and will be affected by Coronavirus. We ask for complete healing over their bodies and continual peace over their hearts and minds. We ask for speedy recoveries and a return to full-strength.
We pray for those who are working in the medical profession right now. These healers are certainly close to Your heart. Please, protect them from this awful disease. Comfort them as they comfort others. Encourage them in the middle of the battle and remind them that You are near.
Just as You have full control over every virus, Father, we ask You to stop this one. Hasten the development of vaccines or another cure. Let no more lives be lost to this deadly disease.
Finally, God, we pray for those who have lost or will lose loved ones to the Coronavirus. Walk with these precious souls. Let us be compassionate, quick to grieve with those who are grieving, sharing their sorrows, and comforting them in their affliction.
Thank You for all You’ve done. Thank You for staying in control, even when the world feels chaotic and scary. Turn our eyes to You in these moments. Keep our gazes fixed on the Cross. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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In christianity, this has become a stumbling block for many to truly connect with and be used by God to bring about the fruits of their faith.There are more religious sons and daughters than children of God. Son of so and so, daughter of so and so and the rest are orphans? He implored the congregation to repent and be truly saved. What is important is not which church you go to but your true salvation and relationship with God.
Be strong in the Lord , he said and do according to his word. If you know what is right and not do it, then that is a sin. Are you any better than the next person that you are judging? Perhaps this is why we are warned against judging others as we will be judged harshly. Many want to appear holier, better than and entitled and yet the other side of the coin is true when others look at you. So while you are busy judging, criticizing and bringing others down, guess what ? The same will happen to you. You reap what you sow. So what is the best advice? Love one another, love the other as you love yourself. Treat the next person the same way you would like to be treated.
Many of us are called to serve God in many different capacities. The work of God is not a preserve of a few " anointed" persons but for us all. We have different purposes in the greater vision of a better world. Some are Apostles, prophets , teachers, pastors and others are healers ( yes healers because God uses them to bring healing to the people) and yet others are administrators and helpers. All these are ministrations by the same spirit. What stops us from following our path is the fear of what other people will say. Who is more important in this scheme , God or other people? Instead of being afraid of what people will say, be very very afraid of what God will say if you do not obey his voice.
Be strong in the Lord , our Bishop continued with this enlightening message. Do not depend on people as people will let you down. But depend on God who created you and is the author and finisher of your faith. So for whatever you do, do not depend on people's praises or rewards . Blessings are not in people but in God. Do not grow weary of doing good just because others are not doing anything , instead increase in doing good .
So how can we accomplish these seemingly difficult tasks? We must die to self, i.e give up pride, open your heart, be vulnerable, love everyone and your enemies too.Bless them , pray for them and give them another cheek when they criticise you and persecute you for wanting to be close to God and do the right thing. Make sure you are saved and have a relationship with God. He will surely reward you. Man will desert you when the next craze comes into town!
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Profound sadness , anguish and restlessness sets in. We go out of the way, we search and cry ourselves hoarse ...women are known to do this and more when the desire to be in a happy marriage is frustrated. We even risk our lives in the pursuit of this happiness. Some have starved themselves, bleached their skin and swallowed dangerous substances in a bid to make themselves more attractive n order to attract the love of that man they want or feel they deserve. Women fight each other physically, verbally and emotionally trying to outdo the other woman so as to get that man. When we lose the love of this man, We become desperate and lose our sense of self. Our self esteem is crushed, we feel ugly and hopeless. Some have committed suicide or attempted , all because they felt life was not worth living without that man.
And yet , there is one simple and effective way to reach for what we want or deserve. This method is so simple that many disregard it completely. It is called self- love. How does loving yourself guarantee you get what you want? When you love yourself, you are in touch with who you are, your essence. You set boundaries and you are aware of your worth. You know there is more to you than the other person, and so you cannot be defined by the other person. When you love yourself, the last thing you want to do is hurt yourself. So you do not show desperation but an attitude of completeness. You are comfortable in your own skin and thus are less swayed by other people's opinions.
This attitude makes you independent and attractive and draws to you what you want or deserve.
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However, I know and have seen my martenal great -grandmother. She left the planet when I was already 18 and so I had enough time to interact with her and experience first hand what everyone was talking about. My great grandmother was known as Azumba (not sure what that means) though it sounded sacred. She used to visit my mother often and insisted on cooking her own meals even though she looked frail and old. She is the one who taught me how to cook our staple meal (sadza). She told me to climb on a chair as I was only 9 years old and the stove was much higher than me such that I could not even see the pot. So I had to climb on the chair for me to see what I was doing and she stood by with a stick in hand , ready to lash me if I did the wrong thing. Therefore,I grew up knowing she was a no nonsense woman and she would tell me stories of what life was like during her time. I had so much respect mixed with fear of her. My mother recounted to me how Azumba was so intelligent. She married the man who was the first black interpreter of the Salisbury High Court in the then Rhodesia and she was one of the first black women to drive a car at that time. She actually lived a life of luxury despite the fact that her husband had more than one wife as was traditionally accepted for a well-to-do man. She insisted on sending all her children to school even though her husband preferred to send the boys. So when my grandmother (her daughter) decided to elope with her boyfriend as was the norm at the time, my great was disappointed. But she still made sure she protected her children and so went on to take responsibility for my mother's upbringing as my mother was her first grandchild. Azumba made sure my mother would get an education up to standard 6 which was quite an achievement at the time. She taught my mother how to fend for herself and encouraged her throughout. That is why she would visit us more often. In fact , hers was the first ever funeral that I attended because when she passed on ,she had just left my mother's house. So I really felt hurt and very sad when the news of her death came through.
Thus , Azumba became a role model for my mother and for me. I learnt a lot about my own abilities and self-worth and was given the same opportunities that had been given to my mother. My mother made sure that Azumba's legacy is passed on and so I have picked up the baton and I am passing it on through my daughters. So Kudos to my Great Grandmother!!
TYPES OF LOVE
DIVINE LOVE VS CONDITIONAL LOVE
This is going to be a series of articles about love. In my previous instalment I talked about love in respect to self, God and your neighbour. This article will discuss the concept of divine love or unconditional love in comparison to conditional or selfish love.
What is Divine Love?
It is the purest form of love given regardless of conditions, expectations or benefit. This is the love we receive from our creator. Despite our weaknesses, or the choices we make, God loves us all the same. It is difficult for us as human beings to practice this kind of love – Usually we attach a result or a condition for loving someone. It could just be for us to feel good about ourselves. As long as the condition is removed or we stop deriving the benefit, we withdraw the love. Have you ever caught yourself declaring that you once loved someone but this and that happened and how the love is gone? This is not pure love but conditional love. What it means is that you were happy loving the other person as long as you were receiving the benefit but things changed. Even parents struggle to love their children unconditionally. Life happens and we may get hurt and it puts condition on our love for our own creation. We say “If only this child would listen to me …” If we have more than one child we end up playing favourite i.e. loving one more than the other. All this boils down to the same thing – conditional love. We even love God as long as we can feel that he is doing something for us, even though he loves us with our imperfection.
Is it therefore possible for a human being to love unconditionally? I believe we can if we ask the spirit of God to teach us how to love. God is love, perfect love so he can show us how it’s done. However, I also think it takes a lot of effort and dedication. What the universe does is that as soon as we ask for something, we get it and we also get some lessons or trials that will test our sincerity or ability to sustain what we have asked for. So when you pray for unconditional love you receive however, you may find that the person who you are trying to love starts pushing your buttons, getting onto your nerves. This makes you want to give up but there is a greater reward if you can stick it through the pain. It’s called the pain of loving someone but it does not last. After the pain comes the bliss from knowing that you love someone despite their warts and all through thick and thin. In the end you can observe their antics and smile as they behave like a spoiled brat just like we all do before God. Is this not beautiful? When we practice divine love we become more and more like God as he is love and our mission on earth is to love. We are in the school of love, learning how to love unconditional. We also need to love ourselves despite our weaknesses and short comings and all the mistakes we have made in life. Simply because God loves us all the same
ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE
The good old Bible has this as one of the teachings of Jesus. During his time on earth Jesus taught many critical principles of life. It is however, disturbing to note that many people ignore these teachings much to their peril.
I have personally experienced the principle of asking and it has proven to be very effective in my life. I actually discovered that people perish because they are afraid to ask or feel so ashamed of disclosing their crisis or need. Imagine that you had a boil in a very sensitive part of your body and thus you cannot sit without experiencing excruciating pain, guilt and shame. However, you feel so ashamed to disclose this fact to others and you force yourself to sit and risk experiencing this pain. If on the other hand you disclose your condition, other people may end up offering you special treatment and cushions to make sure you are comfortable.
FEAR AND HUMAN ANGELS
Fear of asking has often resulted in people turning into thieves. They would rather take without asking and end up destroying relationships. I have discovered that we have human angels living among us, waiting to rescue us each time we ask. Have you ever noticed how some people just appear at the right time to provide for your needs?
ACT ON YOUR FAITH
In a way we ask God but we do not express our needs to others. But some of our needs require human intervention so our faith needs action. So many times I have prayed over a need and next moment when I just mention my needs to someone, even in passing, I have been surprised by their reaction. It’s as if the universe was just waiting for me to break the fear and shame for it to start pouring provisions on to my lap. I believe in miracles because I have seen them happening in my life at that point when I have expressed desperation or a serious need – a human angel appears to lift me from my crisis. So usually I tell people that God is my Provider and I will never lack and this is true as many people are just waiting for an opportunity to serve me.
Some time back I listened to a Pastor preaching about how angels are sent to deliver and provide for our needs. At that time, I thought these were not physical beings and wondered how they would accomplish the task except in a dream. But as I started gradually expressing my needs, I found that the answers came faster than when I just prayed and kept to myself. I activated human angels to save me and come to my rescue.
Do you have a need? What is it that you need help with? Ask and you shall receive because your human angel is waiting.
RECLAIMING MY HTM in 2017!
To reclaim is to make functional or useful again this is usually after something has been abused or wasted away. Think of reclaiming land for farming after it has been eroded by gullies stones and floods. You would seriously go to work and dedicate resources to the process to make it work.
H stands for Health, T stands for Time and M stands for Money
Reclaiming my Health: After years of reckless living on unhealthy diets with lots of fat, sugar, starches and all the other poisonous staff, I looked myself in the mirror and did not like the picture. I could look brighter, livelier only if I could start eating right. Eating right starts from the frame of my mind. I need to be relaxed about food and take time to analyse what I’m taking in. For instance, eating the same old meat and vegetables with sadza may seem very cultural but may also be the lazy woman’s escape from having to whip up a recipe. Whipping up a healthy recipe does not translate to more money either. So really there is no excuse to keep pushing junk down my throat because life is tough and the cost of living is high. Let me begin my research into the field of simple healthy eating. So I was talking to my American sister of colour on skype and she happened to share how she was on a gut cleanse routine…What? It sounds complicated but she tried to simplify for me and one thing I understood is that she has completely gone off sugar, but my daughter had previously warned me about this. So first resolution is to cut out sugar from my diet and I mean the processed type that we add on, not the natural one that comes with the plant, so watch this space.
Reclaiming my Time: Oh this is a big one. In the past year I have been torn into many pieces trying to do all that was in my plate and I think it’s now time to slow down and breathe. I need to strategise, streamline, prioritise, cut down, cutoff and create more time for meaningful staff. Anything not supporting the vision that I am now operating in or not aligned with my purpose will be relegated to the periphery to be done when everything else has been said and done. So this means unsubscribing from unnecessary emails. Anything that I have received but not read in a week has to go. I need time to attend to the personal, professional and global aspects of my purpose. My personal purpose means connecting more with the real authentic me and my needs. Projecting the real me into the world and developing myself. So this process incorporates time for reading widely about my focus dream, taking time on my doctorate studies and allowing time to rest, exercise , do my spiritual thing and remain grounded. My time will not be spread too thin on unnecessary tasks again. This is my second resolution going into 2017. As for my profession, I need to work at creating prosperity which will in turn allow me time to work more on expanding the vision. My global calling is in healing and as a healer, I need to devote time to my healing gifts using them and applying them to the service of others. I also need to feed my spiritual practice by connecting more with source and using tools that open me up to be more.
Reclaiming my Money: Yes I mean literally taking back my money – a good financial practice means being disciplined enough to spend on the right things, I have been guilty of trying out new things at my expense but not following through, so where I have been supporting causes unnecessarily, I withdraw and that includes tithing to the right place where I am being nourished. I withdraw and close out subscriptions that I have maintained for years but with no show of return. I want only to pay for something that will advance the vision. So before I click pay, it has to pass the test. My monetary units will now go where my intentional units are producing a profitable result. So the purging process has just begun and this will leave no stone unturned. Resolutions of 2017 is financial discipline.
Let’s connect again in the new year and review progress. I really want to be accountable.Contact me with Comments and views.
WHAT IS LOVE?
Love is all encompassing. All the healing in the world is premised on Love, Divine Love. There are many methods but one God. God is Love, Love is the source of life, with Love you flourish, you have a reason to live. If love is withdrawn there is no reason to live and evil persists. Evil is LIVE spelt backwards.
When you have lived a life of struggle and fear, then the devil is said to be in control. Devil is LIVED spelt backwards. This means instead of going forward and progressing in life, you are living life in backward motion, in past hurts, emotions, events etc. It is a struggle, you are striving and not thriving.
An example of the effects of lack of love is that of a woman who realizes that her husband withdraws love from her. She becomes traumatized by this to the extent of blaming herself or blaming it on witchcraft or evil spirits. She strives to win the affection of her husband and goes to all lengths to secure his love. She may feel that life is a struggle and is not worth living or even endanger her life by getting involved in desperate acts like fighting, consulting prophets, magicians etc. to get love portions to administer to her husband.
Are you struggling with emotions of hate, anger or fear of the unknown? Do you have past disappointments emotional wounds or feelings that have caused your love to grow cold or lukewarm? Then you need to start the inner work that is required to shift your life from that of striving to thriving.
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Mosline Farawu is a creative writer who likes to share her thoughts and observations . It is my hope that many will find healing through such writings.