Sunday, May 10, 2020

CELEBRATING ALL OUR MOTHERS

 

Today is Mother’s day and with everything happening all over the world, there may be mothers who may not receive a card or a text from their children.  I’ve come to understand especially from where I was raised that, a child doesn’t have just one mother in their lifetime. There are many other women we’ve come across that have played motherly roles in our lives. It may have been very brief or lengthy but that motherly aspect wasn’t absent during the encounter. These women came in the form of baby sitters, Pastor’s wife, teachers at school, colleagues at work, grandmother, aunts, sisters and sometimes strangers. When a woman babysits, she does everything to give the baby the feeling that it’s mother is not away. She gives the baby her bath, feeds the baby, changes their diaper and pampers them to sleep. Sometimes our female teachers are quick to know when we are not ok. They talk to us privately or send us to the school counselor. Sometimes we receive advice from a friend or colleague that truly gives the feeling you’re with your mother. Some men can testify that there are times when their wives sound more like their mothers than their wives. We have aunts who call from time to time, they send us food from the village especially those delicacies we miss while we’re in the city. There are some of us whose only motherly care came from their grandmothers for many reasons. I remember one time when I was travelling, I sat beside a middle-aged woman who took perfect care of me as if I was her daughter. She bought food for me and when I felt nauseous, she gave me something to help with the nausea. When I finally threw up, she held my hand and rubbed my back and when I was done, she gave me clean water to drink. She gave me full permission to rest on her thighs if I felt like resting. Honestly, I can’t say enough how motherly that felt in that car.

Dear brethren in Christ, we have mothers almost everywhere and it’s not based on age or size but the heart with which they serve us. As we celebrate mother’s day, do not only celebrate your birth mother or the mother that raised you, celebrate every lady who has ever been there for you like your mother would. Their tender love and care can never be under estimated, their concern for your wellbeing and their time deserves a word of thanks. As for me, I want to thank my birth mother, my aunts, sisters, friends, colleagues and even the strangers, who have served as a blessing in my life. Cared for me like I was your own, supported me in my endeavors, corrected me when I went wrong and celebrated my happy days as well. Some of you accepted me into your homes, treated me as your daughter, fed me with delicious meals and laughed at my corny jokes. I can never pay you back for everything because it absolutely priceless, but I know your labor of love will not go in vain. The Father and God of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ preserve you and reward you bountifully. I LOVE YOU

Saturday, April 25, 2020

SOCIAL DISTANCING DOESN’T MEAN NOT CARING


Lately, I’ve been thinking about the global pandemic and it came to mind that though most of the world’s attention is focused on the novel corona virus/COVID-19, there are other issues that people are dealing with on a daily basis. While some are battling with health issues not COVID-19 related, others are dealing with finances, domestic violence and even more. The fear of the unknown and uncertainty has gripped so many people and believe me when I say, it’s serious. And though we are required to keep our distance from so many people for health and safety reasons, it doesn’t mean we should stop caring about them. A phone call, video call or a text message can save someone’s life; especially someone who is struggling with depression, fear, anxiety and even suicide. People we may know are faced with worse issues than the corona virus and since we haven’t checked on them, we can’t know they are facing such issues. The news has been insisting on the fact that domestic violence and abuse has increased since the lockdown started, you can imagine what some people are facing. We have friends, neighbors, colleagues and acquaintances that we can check on. Sometimes we conclude they are doing fine and we go about our lives forgetting that, that may not be the case. If you have a pregnant friend who has read some of the stories I’ve come across online in this season, know she’ll be terrified. And the statistics of medical personnel that have passed on during this season is quite serious and a little scary. Many aged people are terrified about what may happen to them given that they’re known to be most vulnerable. Some parts of the world are faced with war and political issues where people are being killed on a daily basis. This is just to open our eyes a little to see that people we know or who live near us whether close or far need our encouragement; let’s be there one for another.

Another thing we shouldn’t forget to do for the people we know is to pray for them. It may be hard to pray sometimes not only because the distractions have doubled but also because we may not have the discipline during this period to pray. It’s possible! 1 Timothy 2:1-3 KJV “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” Our Father is pleased when we pray for others and even for those in authority; occupying positions that make decisions that can benefit us. We can take out time to pray for the World Health Organization (WHO) in a time like this, they need the wisdom of God in decisions they will make for the good of the whole world. We need to pray for presidents of nations in a time like this because they need wisdom to assure their people of their safety. We need to pray for doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians who are putting in all their efforts to bring forth a suitable treatment to this virus. We need to pray for their safety in the hospitals and more, some have left their families back home to do everything they can to help others. We need to pray for them to receive strength to keep up the good work for mankind. We need to stay at home, yes, be safe, yes and give thanks to God for those in the frontlines.  While at home pray for wisdom and understanding from God, because you may receive a divine idea that can produce a perfect solution for the whole world. God is faithful and don’t forget he can use anyone to provide a solution to any problem. God doesn’t call the qualified but qualifies the called as it’s commonly said.

Brethren in Christ, we are one body (Ephesians 4:4-6) the pain of one is the pain of all. The love of God has been shed in our hearts and it’s for a time as this that we make people see Christ in us. You can choose to blow kisses to neighbors, call and video chat with friends and family members who live far from you. Pray with them as well and remind them of your love for them. The fear of the unknown can only be resolved by the consciousness of Christ’s love for mankind. Jesus has gone ahead of us in His resurrection and has made every crooked path straight. He has made all things to work for our good and He has made us more than conquerors.  Philippians 4:23 AMP “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

You are blessed in Christ!!!


Friday, April 17, 2020

THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE

 

I’ve had 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 in my mind for a period of time now and I’d love to exhort you on what the Spirit of God ministered to my inner man about these verses. We’re faced globally with a pandemic and it’s good we put up a good fight (1 Timothy 1:18, 6:12). 2 Corinthians 4:5KJV “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” When I read these verses, I came to understand through meditation that there are many weapons of our warfare. And they are not from our five senses or outward performances but from within. You can bear with me that 95% of our challenges do not require fist fights but mostly wisdom. With Christ as our only Wisdom, victory is assured and we’ll thus pull down strong holds; traditions and mindsets which held us bound and distracted us from receiving the love of God. When I read the part “casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God”, the eyes of my understanding were opened to the fact that a lot about thoughts contribute to our perception of God. If you what you believe about God is that He is far from you, you’ll have a faulty view of His love and you’ll always feel lonely. God is love and His love is unconditional, and we need to fill our minds with the consciousness of how much Father God loves us (John 3:16) and His sacrifice for us and as us on the cross. Romans 10:10KJV “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. Amen!

When you live conscious of the love of God, you’re able to make confessions with your mouth. Therefore one the weapons of our warfare is believing that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and confessing His Lordship in your life (Hebrews 3:1).’ The Word ‘confession’ is translated from the Greek term ‘ Homologeo’ and it means” to thoughtfully agree and demonstrate consent through speech”, “to speak exactly the same as regards the content of truth believed” The Apostle Paul presents the  Apostleship and High Priesthood of Jesus as providing us with direct access to God, by presiding over the confession of our faith. This means that, as a believer, you have to the right to benefit of all that Christ has procured and secured through His finished work, by coming into agreement with what Christ Jesus has already “Confessed” concerning you. Jesus Christ is our Greater High Priest and has declared over us what He knows to be true of Himself. He has proclaimed a truth which He has wholeheartedly accepted concerning us. This is the true meaning of “Confession”. You are already blessed with all blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3), You have passed the level of conquering and have been introduced into the realm of reigning (Romans 8:37). You have been accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6).” Dr. Shawn Smith. Most battles start in the mind and so when these thoughts come, to bring them to the obedience of Christ within, we should confess aloud what Christ is persuaded of us. Just to mention, other weapons of warfare include joy and thanksgiving.

Confession of Faith

Father of Lights, Giver of every good and perfect gift, I join my voice in agreement to every declaration revealed in the New Testament concerning me in Christ Jesus. I rejoice to know that you have revealed in Your word that You will never be angry with me because of the finished work of Jesus Christ and I receive wholeheartedly Your unconditional love for me. I receive the full effects of your salvation in my spirit, soul and body, to be saved, made whole and preserved. I subject my faculties to you releasing all thoughts of fear of the unknown and bring it to the obedience of Christ. I walk in your peace and your unconditional love for me.

 


Saturday, March 28, 2020

JOIN ME IN PRAYER


While I was exercising about 2 days ago, as I took advantage of that time to continue meditating on the Word of God, I got this verse in my inner man, Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof: the world and they that dwell therein”. As I continued dwelling on the verse, I came to the conclusion that it’s encouraging us to remember that we belong to God Almighty, the Lord of Hosts. With hands lifted in honor and adoration to our God and Father, let us pray- conscious that we belong to Him and we’re preserved in Him. (I used the first person singular because when reading you’ll do same. Everyone we have a loving interest in, is included in this prayer. As sons of God, we’re taking our place to declare God’s absolute power at work in and through us to all the nations of the world.)  

PRAYER

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we stand with assurance before Your throne of grace, the supreme court of the universe and present this earnest request and humble entreaty offered and made on behalf of all mankind. Your Name is blessed forever and You are the Source of all light with whom there can be no variation, never subject to change; who casts no shadow on earth. I give thanks to You for You are the source of my life in Christ Jesus who has become my wisdom and righteousness, consecration and redemption. You have sent forth and commissioned all angels as ministering spirits to attend and execute Divine service on behalf of the heirs of Salvation. You have sent them forth as subordinates in service to my command to act on my behalf and to perform errands at my behest. I now summon the Heavenly hosts to come to my assistance in the Name of Jesus and Lord of all, to minister to me that I may be kept entire, being made materially prosperous, most blessed and highly favored in all my ways. I worship and reverence the Name of the Lord my God. Encamp around me and keep guard over me, deliver me from evil and prevent it from coming night unto me. Day and night keep watch over me and fulfill your service unto God. Gracious Father, I declare that Your Spirit within me does not impart fearfulness, timidity, or cowardice but rather You have given me the Spirit of power, love and of a sound mind of sobriety, calm and self-control. I am delivered and liberated from ear and terror. I refuse to fear for You are my God and You are with me. No fatal or destructive plague shall scourge me or my family and loved ones with calamity for we are preserved. I commit my total life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ; spiritually, mentally, physically, socially and financially. I belong to Him and He is Lord of my spirit, soul and body. Jesus is my absolute Master; He has conquered and I’m victorious in Him. Because I belong to Abba Father, I am all that matters to Him. I believe what you have declared and that I will say, ‘I will live and not die to declare the marvelous Work of the Lord’. As Christ is, so am I in this world. Thank You Father for the lives of every medical personnel, everyone who is doing everything to see to it that this COVID-19 is brought to an end. We bless You Father for those in authority who are working relentlessly to see that men are set free from this COVID-19, we pray that they be preserved. Thank You for their noble services to humanity, and we pray Your wisdom be exalted in all the laboratories globally in the Name of Jesus! Thank You eternal Father, for this pandemic is over and we receive your peace in the Name of Jesus, Amen!


Thursday, March 19, 2020

YOU ARE NOT ORDINARY




I was watching the news today and the journalist made this statement “the whole world is freaking out and they have virtually forgotten how to live their lives.” That’s in reference to COVID-19 which truly seems to be getting the best of many people around the world. It’s quite tempting not to be afraid especially if the disease is in your city. But be encouraged and know you’re not ordinary, why do I say so? Because Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior and He lives in you. John 3:16 (Dallas Willard Translation) “God’s care for humanity was so great that He sent His unique Son among us, so that those who count on Him as God’s love to them might not lead a futile and failing existence, but have the undying life of God Himself”. Amen! Because you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior by faith, you now have the incorruptible, indestructible, uncreated and undying life of God in you. You have passed from death unto life (John5:24) and you are seated with Christ in the Heavenly realms far above principalities and powers. Wherever Jesus is, you are and that makes you someone who is in no way ordinary. The God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is now our Father in Christ.

Dear brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, do not let yourself be afraid for our God has gone ahead of us and has made every crooked path straight. His mercies that are ever new abound towards us and because we trust in Him, He will never fail us.  You’re not to relate with yourself by mere human standards for you’re essentially spirit; joined together with Christ in an inseparable union (1 Corinthians 6:17). You are the righteousness of God in Christ, sanctified and justified by faith in Him. You and I are partakers of the resurrection life that Christ presently lives in us. Jesus Christ chose you and I and included us into Himself; our lives are inextricably bound to His. We are energized from within by the life of God and if God is the life in us in Christ, it’s only but evident that His nature is equally dwelling in us. His genetic imprint is within us. The cross of Jesus Christ has eternally separated you and I from any association of the fall. You’re the new creation created in Christ unto good works. You’re not conformed to the fears of this world but you’re renewed in the spirit of your mind by the knowledge of Christ in you. YOU’RE NOT ORDINARY. You are so one and intertwined with Jesus Christ that the begotten of God, in keeping you it implies He is keeping Himself (1 John 5:18). Jesus Christ was made a curse for you and I, so that in Him we can become the blessing. He was made sickness, that in Him we might be made whole. He went into harm’s way, that in Him we might be preserved from harm ( even pandemics).

PRAYER

Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, I thank you for making me a partaker of your divine nature which has endowed me with the capacity to love you. This day I take my place in Christ and I stand in the power of His might; I stand in Christ for the victory has been won and in Christ the victory is mine. I profess with joy that Jesus is Lord of my life; I am blessed, whole, preserved and complete in Him. Because I am in Christ, I declare that I’m not ordinary, I have His life. My confidence is what Christ has done for me on the cross. I will live and not die to declare the wondrous works of Jesus Christ. Amen!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

AN OPEN LETTER TO MY DADDY ON HIS BIRTHDAY


Dear daddy aka PA NGWANI

This is a letter I wrote last year for Father’s Day but my laptop crashed before I could post it. I’m writing to you on this day on behalf of our entire family and though you may not be here to live this moment, one thing is certain; the world deserves to know how much of a great husband, father and grandfather you were. Daddy it’s no secret we had so many fun memories together; you used to take us to the bakery to choose whatever we like and when we used to take just one yoghurt (Camlait then) but you’ll add. You paid us surprise visits at school during long break (recess) so you can share that time with us and our friends. You taught us to be honest, confident in ourselves and to be satisfied with what we have. You were our home Bible teacher and you actively took part in evening devotions. You encouraged us to speak the dialect ‘Limbum’ and even when Vanessa and I were constantly mixing the tenses and prepositions, you were always patient to correct us and crack a joke so we don’t feel bad. You bought Eleanor and I books with Wimbum folklores and riddles just so we improve on our knowledge of our culture. You were keen to discover our talents and encouraged us even more. Bawe drew “Mr Ratty the Advisor” and you asked him to post it the wall so we can read all the time. You loved it when we made songs and sang in the evening before you and mama. You would always come home early in the evening so you can spend time with us and you never liked missing lunch as well.

Daddy, do you remember when we were living in Nkambe just with you? You cooked, washed and cleaned when we were in school and when we returned home from school, you had left a short note on the floor indicating the date and the time you wrote the note. Haha. You were so organized and caring, we knew where you kept most of your things. You were not only kind-hearted, you were down to earth, loving, generous and you have a great sense of humor. You used to send credit to our phones and when we call you to thank you, you won’t pick just so you can be the one to call again. You took us to public restaurants; one time in Buea you went as far washing three plates for you, me and Eleanor since the lady instructed people to wash their plates before they are served pepper-soup. You didn’t bother to tell me to go and wash them for us, and it didn’t end there, you stood on the queue and brought the pepper soup for us on our table. That’s my humble daddy and believe me we have never forgotten any of this noble deeds. You were always looking out for us, talking to us about life, relationships, boys and more; always ready to caution when you see us hanging out with any strange fellow. You had a catapult collection because you loved hunting birds. You never let our dog Shaggy go for a day without food. Oh daddy, when we used to travel, you were always at the Car park waiting us irrespective of the time and when we travelled to another city, you’ll insist we call on arrival so you know we have arrived safely. Funny enough, you called at short intervals just to know how far we’ve gone in the journey (deep sigh). You were a gem of a man, a super man without a cape and believe me when I say I could write a whole book of thousands of pages about you. When our family was hard-pressed with challenges especially financial, you encouraged us to be strong and stay together while trusting God.  You were never ashamed of your weaknesses and you were always ready to make us understand. You had the habit of checking on us while we are asleep and even when your grandchildren visited you never failed to wake Kerry- Alvin up several times at night just to make sure he doesn’t pee on the bed. You were our mother’s romantic and loving husband, our goofy and strict yet caring daddy. You were your grandchildren’s super granddaddy, who was always going out of his way to make them happy. You’re one person no one has stopped missing, we see you in everything we do and I pray by the Grace of God we make you proud. We bless God Almighty for your and we're grateful He chose you to be our earthly father. We love you!!!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

YOU’RE HID IN CHRIST WITH GOD


Recently, there’s been a lot of panic almost worldwide because of COVID-19 aka Corona virus. People are living in absolute fear of the unknown, while others are busy releasing prophecies of doom. Every day I come across strange things written by ‘Christians’ on social media about God punishing the world or the world coming to an end; blah, blah, blah. That’s a lot of negativity spreading and with more and more people living in fear. I have this to start with, God is love and that is my assurance. God manifested His love towards us in that he sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ into the world that we might live through Him (1 john 4:7, 9-10KJV). There’s no side of God that He can reveal to us apart from His love. Verse 19 of 1John 4 reminds us that He first loved us and because of that dear brethren in Christ don’t believe in any prophecy of doom; our God is a good Father.

Colossians 3:3 “For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God”. When Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, He took on flesh and blood representing all mankind in Himself (John 1:14). He was crucified as all mankind; he died and rose from the grave after 3days and nights as all mankind. In His resurrection, He brought forth the New Man which John describes as men who are not born of the will of man but who are born of God (John 1:12-13) Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:15 “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances, for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace”.  Amen! In Him we’re secure because He made us One with His God and Father who is now ours as well. Your life is hid in Christ from every calamity that may want to come near you or your dwelling (Psalm 91:1-3). Because you’re hid in Christ, you’re preserved, delivered and protected from any plague or diseases. In Christ you’re above, over and beyond every trace of whatsoever may want to corrupt your body and bring destruction. You’re victorious in Him and you have overcome everything negative that wants to cloud your mind from looking up to your sustainer, Jesus Christ. The Father and God of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is faithful and he will never put you to shame because you trust in Him. He will not let any harm come to you neither will it come to your household. You will live and not die to declare the marvelous works of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Be encouraged brethren in Christ, our God is for us and with us; He has gone ahead and has freed the world of this disease. We declare as the sons of God that the mercies of Jesus Christ have prevailed over the nations of the earth in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

We’re preserved in Christ Jesus our Lord!!!