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WALK THE TALK!

WALK THE TALK!

Chip & Joanna Gaines who have a TV real estate series in USA have a viewership of 24Million. They recently shared their story and I thought of the subtle power of influence as they were taught to walk the talk of faith!

Chip a contractor, and Joanna, a designer, work together to renovate old homes into something new and beautiful. But it’s not just the work they do that sets them apart. It is the way they relate with themselves and others that make the viewers see the difference in them. Chip mentioned how they have been surprised about the impact of their faith through the show.

THE INTRODUCTION

Chip’s introduction to Jesus was through the Billy Graham ministry. His mum was a committed believer who worked for the publishing company which published Billy Graham’s books.

He also attended college with Billy Graham’s grandchildren. When he spent a week at their home, it was their father, Danny Lotz, who began to take Chip under his wing. Danny discipled and mentored Chip, teaching him how to live more like Christ. ‘Danny was not a pastor but was influential in showing me how to live out my faith even in a secular environment. He impacted my life by spurring me to shape my choices with faith and to walk in my faith,’ said Chip.

Chip went ahead to say “I learned so much from Danny, and he always spoke so highly of (Billy Graham). He said Billy Graham talked the talk and walked the walk. So, to this day I think about talking the talk and walking the walk because of Billy Graham and Danny Lotz.”

Years later, Chip and Joanna who was also a believer married. They had a store and sensed God wanting them to close it and start a renovation business. They did and not long after, a production company signed a deal with them for a TV renovation show that now has millions of viewership.

THE SCRIPTURE

As I read the story of this couple and the way they credited their faith to helpful influences and discipleship; I could not but remember the word that says

‘..so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects. Bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Col 1:10

This programme gives them the opportunity to model Christ to the world. They have both been taught to walk their talk and now they get a chance to reflect the same to their world.

How about you? How are you walking your talk and influencing your world by your faith? Live your life daily with the intention of helping someone see your good works, come closer to God, and glorify your father in heaven.

God is on your side!

( you can read the interview of Chip & Joanna Gaines directly : https://billygraham.org/story/how-billy-graham-brought-the-gospel-home-to-chip-and-joanna-gaines/)

For a similar blog post, read here

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STEP IN FIRST!

STEP IN FIRST!

I sat down with one of our pastors who shared his testimony of how he became an IT contractor with me. His testimony was so touching that I could not but think… wow; God wanted him to Step in First!

Some years ago, he felt strongly that it was time for him to transition from being an employee to becoming a contractor. As himself and his wife prayed, the word the Lord dropped in their spirit was that which God said to Joshua as well. When Joshua was facing the promised land yet did not feel capable or able, yet God told Joshua to step forward. Joshua did and the rest as they say is history.

The pastor got this word and then hit the contract market. Not long after, he got a 2-month contract and stepped forward despite how short the contract period was. A married man with responsibilities over a family of 4, decided to leave certainty for uncertainty because God said so. He resigned and stepped out.

AND THEN THE TEST COMES

After the first month on the contract, he got a call from his hiring manager that they had run out of budget for that project. Rather than extend, they gave him a one month notice after one month work. So, he only had one month to work on the project and the second as a notice period. What a scary place to be!

He however was not disturbed but went back to the God who gave him the word originally, trusting Him to open other doors. I can also imagine what the people around him who thought he was not smart for leaving certainty for uncertainty would have said at this time.

Well, he went ahead to look for another role. Got an interview within minutes of getting to the new location. That contract went on for over 18 months and beyond. That was about 10 years ago and the pastor is still contracting successfully today! What a faithful God.

As he shared with me, I went to study one of Joshua’s scriptural ammunition for conquest of the promised land.  Check out the instructions here:

THE BIBLE VERSES

‘Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. As soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of  Zarethan. While the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.’  Joshua 3:15-16

And he said to the people, “Go forward. March around the city and let the armed men pass on before the ark of the LORD.” Joshua 6:7.  (Check out this version)

God is ever faithful to His promises and every time He gives us His instructions, irrespective of the obstacles around, He is committed to fulfilling His word and promises in our lives.

Learn to trust God because He will come through for you. God is on your side!

PB

PS: Have you read this blog post? I think you will like it.

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THE PROBLEM OF PRIDE!

THE PROBLEM OF PRIDE!

I was reading one of my mentors’ books and came across one of her stories which I had heard her share in the past, but I still found it educational and funny to read again. I thought to share the story with you. The main lesson is the problem of pride and the need to avoid it.

My mentor as a young believer was dating a young preacher and they were both invited to a crusade. According to her, she was getting invites to share her testimony and considered herself a great speaker. On this said day, her fiancée was a major speaker and she also had a slot to share her testimony, so she was feeling quite self-important.

At offering time she discovered she forgot to take her offering along. She said she knew pride was in her heart and could not allow herself to be seen as not giving any offering. She put her hand in her pocket and pretended she had money in her hand to put into the bucket. The bucket was held by a young usher who looked into the bucket; and there was no money at all. My mentor also looked in and realised no one had dropped any money in yet!

THE EMBARRASSING MOMENT

Flustered as she looked at the empty offering bucket, she then pretended that her offering had dropped on the floor. At this, the usher got on his hands and knees to look for the non-existent money! Not wanting the boy to be alone, she joined in too. The two of them grovelling around together underneath the chairs, searching for something that she knew did not exist. After pretending for a bit, she told the boy to move right along. Confused, the usher moved on to the next row.

She took her sit, highly embarrassed and heard the Lord’s voice. He said ‘after the meeting, go look for the boy. Apologise as well as confess what you’ve done’. She was mortified, but she did and the boy, who was a new believer looked at her with disappointment and then said, ‘can I pray for you?’ According to her, she was duly humbled and ensured she never allowed the sin of pride or self-importance overtake her again.

THE WORD

As I read her story, which was so funny yet embarrassing and educating, I remember the scripture that says

‘One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honour.’ Proverbs 29:23 (NIV version here)

What is The Problem of Pride? Pride brings low and causes embarrassment. God does not like it, people do not like it, and you and I must ensure we fight it with all we have within us. Never get too self-important but be humble always. God lifts the humble and resists the proud; so never find yourself in the group of people that God resists.

I am glad my mentor found space to redress that issue over 50 years ago because the Lord went ahead to use her as an international speaker. God wanted to take her far and the devil wanted to use pride, flesh and lies to hold her back.

Be mindful and be careful because God is on your side!

PS

You can read a previous post here

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HE WILL CARRY YOU!

HE WILL CARRY YOU!

Running through the park as I tend to do often means I get to see a lot of things. People, runners, dog walkers, walking mates, families and so on. Seeing these various groups of people teaches me different lessons and I thought to share with you the lesson I learnt of a father showing that no matter what happens, He will carry you!

The family I saw comprised of the dad, a daughter, and a dog. While running up the hill, I saw the dad walking his dog and the daughter riding the scooter alongside dad. On my return, I observed a totally different thing. As I saw dad from afar on my return journey, I realised that rather than see 3 sets of legs and a scooter, I noticed only one.

Dad was still walking but carrying the dog. Pretty soon, the daughter decided she didn’t want to ride her scooter anymore and dad had to carry the daughter and the scooter too. It was such a view seeing the man labouring to carry all the other – supposed parts of his 3 life-walks. His was not meant to be the only set of legs on the journey but the rest of the party gave up on him and he had to do the work!

HE CARRIED THEM ALL

As I observed dad’s task of carrying the burden of his dog and daughter that chose to stop moving forward on their journey. I first found the situation funny and then I remembered our heavenly father who strengthens and helps carry us along the way when we collapse. Our heavenly father will carry us through the difficult times.

God, just like this father; carried the children of Israel through the wilderness. He said in His word

‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Exodus 19:4 (nlt)

God is still that loving father and no matter what you are going through at the moment, He is there with you and still wants to carry you on eagles’ wings. He will grant you strength in your time of weakness and not just carry you only, but also carry your necessary luggage (scooter).

If an earthly father cares so much, how much more our heavenly father? He does care and will never be too tired or weary to carry you when you choose to allow Him and rest in Him.

God is on your side!

PS: read my previous blog post on seeing things differently, here

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OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF THE PAST!

OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF THE PAST!

It is Euro2020 football game season and England achieved something for the first time in 50 years. I learnt a huge lesson from this incident that taught, ‘overcoming the fear of the past’.

England was facing Germany in the elimination series, which means the country that loses gets eliminated. The problem is that Germany is a formidable team and England has had the repeated history of losing to them. It had gone beyond a few losses to becoming a major barrier.

There is the skill level of the German team which is reflected in their results as well as the mental barrier of the inability to win them which has now developed in the mind of a regular British player as well as the commentators and even the spectators. Every game with Germany is deemed a lost game even before the kick-off time. The defeatist words show in the playing as well.

THE CHANGE

This week, something interesting happened. A commentator mentioned that even though the history of England with Germany was not good, the group of boys playing for England did not have the history or preconception of finding Germany an impossible team to play against because they are a new generation.

With little or no barrier in their minds, they went all out and confronted Germany and surprised all the spectators, commentators and even the opponent – Germany, by winning the game. England did not just win the game with one goal but convincingly with two goals. The English football team broke the barrier of 50 years by winning the game.

Barriers, can be real, imagined, mental or even skill based. Whatever the reasons for our barriers, our God is more than able to help us overcome them. One of the biggest reasons, in my opinion for yesterday’s victory was the fact that the current generation have not been led by the mental barrier of the inability to win for 50 years. They knew they were new and that this German team is equally new. They felt able and they went all out to achieve their desired result.

THE WORD

As I thought about this, I remember the scripture that says

‘But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”’ Numbers 13:30 (check out the message version here)

Unlike everyone else, Caleb had a different way of thinking that ensured God sustained him, as one of the only two who survived despite everyone else not being allowed to enter because of their unbelief.

Our minds and history have a way of stopping us from entering into our future but we have to consciously overlook the fear of the past to be able to walk into the promised future that God has designed for us.

Your future is brighter than the failure and fear of your past, so look forward with faith because the barriers are not as big as your mind is playing it out. Remember that your God is a lot bigger than your limitations.

 

ps: You can read my related older blog post here